One of the top expenditures towards the energy bill is HVAC system usage. Inflating the operating costs to help your home maintain comfort levels, using the system year round for heating and air conditioning is a common need. Knowing this, most homeowners want to do what they can to minimize the cost and energy use during the operation of the HVAC system. Where there are many contributions to helping you reduce the energy usage in your home, there are several steps you can do that affect the HVAC system. Bearing this in mind, we at Hal Mechanical would like to provide some suggestions that will improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Energy Efficient Replacement Windows
Elements that reduce the HVAC system’s energy efficiency that includes the openings installed on the home’s exterior walls, like the windows, doors, and skylights. Generally, these openings are fitted with a single pane glass, which allows heat to pass through by conduction. For the loss of heat during the cold days and the added heat gained on hot days, the output of the HVAC system is forced to compensate. Replace windows and doors with energy efficient options that typically include double or triple-pane glass and insulated frames that are more energy efficient.
Regularly Clean or Change HVAC Filter
Fresh air filters properly facilitate the airflow and then allow for a more efficient output from your HVAC system. Eventually the HVAC system filters will be filled to capacity as they are designed to retain the dust and debris in the air, which then prevents proper airflow. You need to clean or replace the air filters on a monthly basis, depending on which type they are (reusable or disposable). Ensure you follow the directions on the appropriate course of action.
Air Vents Should Be Wiped Clean
Efficient airflow is a necessity for the HVAC system’s performance. Obstructed vents, much like clogged filters, impede the airflow. Requiring a routine cleaning, the vents’ surface gets the buildup of dust and debris that can hinder the flow of the air, causing the HVAC system to work harder. For cleaning purposes, most vent covers can be easily removed, just ensure you do not do any damage. Also, be sure to have the air ducts properly cleaned by a professional to help maximize the proper airflow and improve indoor air quality.
Schedule HVAC Tune Up Maintenance
A crucial part to having your HVAC system operate efficiently is having routine professional maintenance. To prevent damage that hinders efficiency, boost performance and provides other benefits, you need the system maintained 2-3 times a year by a licensed professional. Professionals can spot the issues that might drop the performance and increase the energy usage. Taking care of the issues at hand can prevent extensive damage and wasted money on energy. Schedule a professional cooling system tune up in late winter/early spring, a heating system tune-up the late summer / early fall, and an annual HVAC system inspection.