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10 Ways to Improve your HVAC Efficiency

10 Ways to Improve your HVAC Efficiency

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If you’re looking to make your HVAC system more efficient, there are many ways that you can do it. From changing the air filter to replacing old equipment, there are steps that you can take to help make sure your HVAC unit is doing its job right. Here are ten tips that will help improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system:

Change your air filters often

Change your filter every three months.

Air filters are designed to help your AC unit function better by removing dirt, dust and other contaminants from the air. Most filters have an indicator that tells you when it’s time to change them; some even have built-in slots that automatically alert homeowners when a filter needs to be replaced. Your best bet is to keep tabs on the maintenance schedule provided by the manufacturer of your unit and follow it religiously so that you don’t end up with problems down the road.

Insulate your ducting

Insulate your ducts to prevent heat loss and gain, sound, condensation, mold and rodent intrusion.

Insulating the duct system reduces the amount of energy required to heat or cool your home. Air flows more freely through an insulated duct than it does through a non-insulated duct. It takes less power for the fan motor to move fresh air through an insulated duct than for it to do so through a non-insulated one. This means that you can enjoy lower utility bills when you insulate your trunk lines.

Have your HVAC system maintained once a year

Have your HVAC system maintained once a year. If you want to improve the efficiency of your HVAC, get it serviced by a professional. They will inspect the unit and make sure that everything is running smoothly. If they find problems, they can fix them right away and turn up the temperature on your thermostat!

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Insulate areas where hot and cool air can escape

Insulate all of the places that you can’t see: ductwork, attic, basement and windows. The best way to do this is with spray foam insulation, which can be purchased at any home improvement store. If you don’t have the funds or time to do this yourself, hire a professional insulation company that specializes in HVAC work. In addition to improving efficiency, it will also save money on your energy bills every month.

Seal any cracks or gaps that are in your home

You can seal cracks and gaps in your home to save on energy costs. Gaps around windows and doors, pipes, wires or other electrical devices are common culprits that allow heat to escape the home. Here’s how to seal gaps in a few different places:

  • Windows – Seal gaps with caulk where two pieces of wood meet on an exterior window frame. Also fill nail holes with caulking before installing storm windows as this will help keep air from leaking through them during the winter months.
  • Doors – For every inch of door width, you may lose up to 6 BTUs per hour if there is no weather stripping installed at the bottom of it—that means if your doorway measures 24 inches across without rubberized weather stripping (which should be installed along all four edges), then you could potentially lose up to 144 BTUs per day just because there isn’t anything around its perimeter keeping cold air out! So make sure that all front doors have some kind of insulation material over them such as foam tape or fiberglass insulation panels so they don’t let in drafts when closed shut—this makes quite a difference when it comes time for heating season too

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Get a programmable thermostat to control your heating and cooling

A programmable thermostat is a device that allows you to control your heating and cooling costs by setting it to automatically turn on and off at certain times. You can also use them as a way of saving money on your energy bills. They work with any type of heating or cooling system, so they’re a great option if you’ve got an older model that’s not compatible with newer technologies. Programming these things is easy once you get used to it; once programmed, they’ll keep track of the temperature in your home and adjust accordingly throughout the day (or night).

Replace old equipment with new energy efficient models

One of the simplest ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system is to replace old equipment with new energy efficient models. Not only will these new models save you money and reduce your monthly utility bills, but they are also more comfortable and quiet than older models. In addition, they have better warranties, more features and better energy efficiency ratings.

Get the right size unit for your space

  • Get the right size unit for your space.
  • If a central air-conditioning unit is too large, it will be inefficient and unnecessary. A large unit will cool down the entire house when you are only in one room and may run longer than necessary while cooling down unused rooms or areas of the house. This can lead to higher energy bills as well as wasted money on unnecessary cooling. The opposite holds true if the unit is too small; if it cannot keep up with cooling demand, then your home will become uncomfortably warm during periods of high humidity or heat waves. A professional HVAC technician can help you determine what size air conditioning systems you need in your home based on factors such as room size and number of occupants, floors covered by an indexing system (attic), outdoor temperature, window area per floor etcetera

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Maintain a regular maintenance schedule

Your HVAC system is a complex machine, which means it requires regular maintenance in order to run at peak efficiency.

  • Have your system serviced once a year. The national average cost for an annual service call is around $300 and will ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible. If you need more frequent servicing (after all, there are so many variables), opt for a quarterly checkup instead.
  • Get written reports of the work done during maintenance visits and any air conditioning repairs made during these visits. These records should include:
  • A list of all parts or components replaced/repaired
  • A complete inspection report that includes both visual observation and testing results
  • Recommended repairs for future consideration

Replace your air filter regularly

A dirty air filter can make your AC systems much less efficient, so it’s important to change it regularly. You should replace your air filter once a month if you live in an apartment or have pets, and more frequently during allergy season. If you have children who are developing allergies, consider changing to a HEPA filter that will trap even smaller particles from the air in your home. With this, we can improve the indoor air quality of your home

 

There are many things you can do to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner or HVAC system. Some of these tips may seem small, but they all add up to make a big difference in how much energy is used by your home. It’s important to remember that an HVAC system should be maintained regularly so that it works properly at all times and doesn’t break down when you need it most! If you need more information about energy efficient products, feel free to contact us.

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