If you're dreading expensive energy bills this season, you're not alone. Nearly half of your home's typical utility expenses are devoted towards heating and cooling, making it one of the largest expenses to cope with. Choosing an energy-efficient HVAC system is a great way to save energy and money, but it's only the start.
As it turns out, there are plenty of simple tips you can follow to squeeze even more efficiency out of an already-efficient HVAC system. The following talks about four things you can do to make your HVAC unit run more efficiently while reducing your energy costs.
1. Keep Your HVAC Unit Spotless
A dirty HVAC system is perhaps one of the biggest stumbling blocks towards energy efficiency. It's much harder for an HVAC unit to operate at peak efficiency if it has to fight against dirt, dust, and debris. For instance, too much debris near the outdoor cabinet can cause airflow blockages that eventually reduce HVAC performance while increasing parts wear and energy consumption.
To ensure your HVAC system operates as efficiently as possible, you'll need to keep it as clean as possible. There's plenty you and your HVAC technician can do to keep things clean, from removing yard debris and vegetation from the outdoor cabinet area to changing your air filter on a regular basis. These and other actions can help your HVAC system run better while using less energy.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat Set Point
Like many homeowners, you probably set your thermostat temperatures based on how comfortable you feel. However, this often means setting your thermostat a few degrees above or below what's necessary to keep your home comfortable. For instance, you might set your thermostat to 72 degrees Fahrenheit when setting it at 78 degrees delivers the a similar level of comfort while using less energy.
Setting your thermostat 5 to 8 degrees below your normal temperature settings during the winter can help reduce your HVAC system's energy consumption without any noticeable loss in comfort. Likewise, raising your thermostat a few degrees above your normal summertime settings can also deliver the same results.
Having a programmable thermostat makes this task much easier. You can preprogram your thermostat to adjust to energy-saving temperatures while you're away from home or asleep and default to your preferred temperatures while you're active inside your home.
3. Insulate Exposed Ductwork
Your ductwork plays an important role in keeping your home comfortable, making proper duct design and maintenance crucial to your home comfort. When conditioned air passes through uninsulated ductwork or uninsulated spaces, the resulting energy loss could potentially cost you hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling waste each year.
Not only should you seal your ducts to prevent air leaks, but you should also insulate them to minimize energy losses as well. With fewer energy losses to worry about, your HVAC system can deliver conditioned air more efficiently.
4. Consider Installing an Economizer
Even the most energy-efficient air conditioner can take a toll on your utility bill if it needs to run constantly for maximum comfort. An economizer maximizes your HVAC system's overall efficiency by using cool, dry outdoor air to keep your home cool and comfortable. With the economizer in action, your HVAC system can keep its compressor off for longer periods.
Under the right conditions, an economizer can help reduce wear and tear on your HVAC equipment. You'll also save money on your utility bills due to the reduced electricity usage. The only downside is that adding an economizer to your HVAC system can be potentially expensive depending on your HVAC setup and the modifications needed for effective integration.
For more tips and tweaks for improving your HVAC system's energy efficiency, contact us at B & K Services today.