A Guide to HVAC Systems and How to Cut Down on Energy Consumption
There are many home owners today are not really that aware of their fuel spending and they also do not know how much energy they are using for their heating and cooling systems in their homes. To be able to lower your fuel bill, home owners should be aware which of their appliances is consuming the most energy.
Next to labelling your heating and cooling system that approximately accounts 48% of the energy use in a typical US home and making it the largest energy expense for most homes, you should also rate the condition of your unit. It is high time to replace your old heating and cooling system with something which is of high efficiency and with this you can surely save thousands of dollars on your fuel cost.
Today, it is not longer difficult to purchase a brand new HVAC unit since you can buy one on easy installment terms and this unit will surely be a hundred percent on efficiency compared to losing 35% on fuel consumption in older units, and this should convince you that it is the best way to cut on your energy bill.
The latest HVAC models will allow home owners more control of the system and it has better features that the older versions, like variable speed technology and other current advances and innovations that were not present in former models.
Therefore if your system is more than 10-20 years old you are not only benefitting better novelties, there is also a big chance that you are throwing out a large sum of energy lost in the unit that you presently have. If you want to determine the efficiency of your system including your ductwork then you should subject it to a thorough examination by scheduling a professional evaluator.
But, it is not only in purchasing a high efficiency system that will solve your energy issues, but it also includes proper installation and regular maintenance that are also very important in achieving that energy efficiency that you are looking for. First because no matter how efficient your unit is, improper installation can reduce the overall efficiency by up to 30%. Not only that, it also allows your unit to overwork to try to reach the right temperature that you are comfortable of, and thus shortening the system’s life span. You won’t get 100% efficiency and the lifespan of your unit will be shortened if you don’t have regular maintenance on your unit.
The best time to install new units or for your system to be checked for maintenance is during the fall. This is so to prepare for the incoming winter season when you will need your heating unit to function properly in a way that will not cost much.