How Do I Increase My HVAC Effeciency?

HVAC efficiency is critical to extending the life of your HVAC unit, and decreasing your utility bills month after month. Luckily, we have condensed five guaranteed ways to reduce your utilities costs, and extend the life of your HVAC unit. 

  1. Trees 

    Both a practical, and beautiful solution to help your heating and cooling costs, trees use the natural progression of seasons to keep your house cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Step one is to plant broadleaf trees in front of your east and west facing windows and then allowing them to grow into a healthy size. Once they have fully developed, they should provide a great supplement to your HVAC system no matter the season.  

    Once the weather starts warming up in the spring, the trees’ leaves will block the suns warming rays from entering your house, providing cool shade and protection. This will help keep your house from becoming too hot during the day and help keep your AC system from overworking. Then, during the autumn the leaves will fall, allowing the sun to cast its warming rays into your house. This will help keep lighting costs down, as well as supplement your heating system during the day.  

  2. Seasonal Cleaning 

    Regularly cleaning your air ducts can not only save you money by reducing wasted energy but can also improve your indoor air quality . In addition to daily dust and dirt, pet dander, allergens, smoke, and other debris can easily make their way into your HVAC system and begin circulating your home. Once these contaminants are drawn into the system, they are recirculated up to 7 times per day, which give homeowners more chances to come in contact with these potential allergens. While air filters are capable of effectively filtering these contaminants, the debris tends to build up over time in the ducts, which can ultimately reduce the overall airflow and reduce the indoor air quality. 

    This dust and debris buildup will eventually make your HVAC Efficiency plummet while your system works to get hot or cold air past blockages and allergens. Without regular cleaning, not only will your system recirculate allergens and other waste throughout your home, but do so much less efficiently, costing more money and more energy spent on heating or cooling your home. Prevent this by having an HVAC Professional inspect your HVAC system regularly, and keep up regular seasonal cleaning. 

  3. Install double-paned windows 

    Your windows account for over half of your heating and cooling bills, they are where the most heat beams in, and where your heat and cool air seep out. Your HVAC efficiency is hugely determined by your windows placements and their efficiencies. Especially cold or hot rooms during the day are more likely than not caused by a poorly insulated or placed set of windows, altering the conditions of the room. Double-paned windows work to solve this by solving the key issues to your houses energy efficiency: your windows.

    Double-paned windows are a simple, yet effective additional to your household windows that have long payoffs for your house’s HVAC efficiency. Some estimate that double-paned windows can increase your energy efficiency by as much as %50. The way that double-paned windows work is by having two panes of glass instead of one, allowing an insulating gap between your interior and the outside air. Some double-paned windows even have insulating gas in-between the panes to increase their insulating abilities for your home.

  4. Programmable thermostats 

    Programmable thermostats are the new craze. With the advent of the “smart home” concept, propelled by Amazon’s Alexa and other smart hubs, companies have finally started investing and creating attractive smart temperature control systems known as programmable thermostats. These programmable thermostats might seem cheesy and expensive, but in reality, they can quickly pay for themselves. 

    Aside from being a tool for convenient climate control, a programmable thermostat also offers an array of other benefits to users, but primarily they help increase your HVAC efficiency. In fact, the money that you save from using a programmable thermostat for less than two years is enough to cover the cost of the thermostat itself! All savings beyond this amount just total extra money put back into your wallet.

  5. Thermostat Downtime 

    An age-old question, when leaving your home, should you leave your thermostat running, or turn it off for increased HVAC efficiency? Or perhaps you should leave it at a lower setting, or maybe some combination? The answer depends on two things: the size of your house and how long you will be gone for. 

    If you work an 8-hour day every day, and you have no pets or other family members, it is most efficient to turn off your thermostat every day before you leave. The thought it, that your HVAC system is meant to run at max, more so than it is meant to run throughout the day. Plus, without anyone to really benefit from this air, it is wasted money. Use a programmable thermostat to heat or cool the house 15 minutes before you get home, and automatically shut off the HVAC system when you leave. This is especially true if you were going on a vacation for multiple days or weeks.  

    On the other hand, if you were popping out to go grocery shopping, walk the dog, or to a friend’s house for a quick dinner, it should be worth it to leave your HVAC system running, if not just turning it down while you’re gone. In general, if you will be gone for more than 3 hours, its best to leave your system off. This can add years to your HVAC system’s life, and boost your HVAC efficiency. The systems reduced strain will also help save you up to 5% on your utility bills each year, and help keep your energy use down. 

These five tips should help increase the comfort level of your home, save you money on your utilities, and increase the life of your HVAC system by years. Please contact General Air for more information or a quote.

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