How to Reduce Expenditures Created by HVAC Systems
HVAC systems are responsible for close to 40% of a household’s energy expenditure. So, learning how to maximize HVAC efficiency will help you save money and improve the lifespan of the system. Here is a list of methods we think would help:
- Insulation and keeping sunlight out
HVAC systems help create a preferred indoor environment through temperature regulation. The rate at which they consume energy depends on the heat dissipation between the indoors and outdoors. Keeping that to a minimum will ensure that the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain preferred temperatures. By insulating the building and sealing any leaks in the windows, walls or in the attic, this exchange of heat can be minimized. Direct sunlight entering through the windows increases the indoor temperature. Covering the windows with blinds during the day helps keep the heat outside. Window tinting is another solution that minimizes the impact of sunlight inside the house.
- HVAC maintenance
Without regular maintenance, an HVAC system will age faster and a replacement will be necessary sooner than it should be. Worn out parts, dirty vents and condensers accumulating grime take a toll on a system’s efficiency. A clogged air filter hinders airflow and decreases the perceived efficiency of the system, forcing it to work harder. A well-maintained HVAC system is the easiest way to save money on energy bills. Regular maintenance will help an HVAC system run efficiently and thus, increase its lifespan. A maintenance check at the beginning of a new season will ensure that there is no unpleasant surprise mid-season. Any issue that might be building up can be addressed before it gets worse. The smaller expense of regular maintenance will save money down the line. To get the best HVAC service, set up a maintenance contract with Aire One Heating & Cooling.
- Programmable thermostat
Unlike a traditional thermostat, programmable thermostats can be preset to different temperatures for the whole day. Even a slight adjustment that keeps up with the outside temperature will reduce energy consumption and in turn, reduce expenditure on the bills. This not only increases HVAC efficiency but also ensures that the temperature is as you prefer, before you come home every day. There are also smart thermostats that give you remote access to the HVAC system, allowing you to monitor the temperature while you’re away from home. Some smart thermostats can even learn the pattern of your preferences and program themselves to adjust accordingly.
- Replacing the old HVAC system
Older systems cost more in terms of energy bills, maintenance costs and repairs. If an HVAC system is more than 10 years old and the frequency of repairs has increased, it is time to replace it with a new model. Technological advancements have made new HVAC systems much more energy efficient and eco-friendly. Regulations have mandated that any new model must be of 14-SEER rating or higher. So, any model that you purchase now will be at least 20-40% more efficient than your old HVAC system. Aire One Heating & Cooling also offers rebates for replacing older HVAC systems, which brings down the price of a new system. Installing a new HVAC system saves you a lot of money in the long run.
Having an HVAC system regulate the temperature of the entire house all the time puts a lot of stress on the system. Zoning helps increase efficiency as the HVAC system will only have to regulate the temperature in the specified areas. It also gives members of the household the freedom to choose different temperatures in different rooms.
Hiring a reliable HVAC service provider for maintenance and installations will ensure that your systems are in good condition and have a good lifespan. Aire One Heating & Cooling has been providing HVAC services in the Kitchener and Waterloo areas for over 30 years. Contact us today for furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and air quality products and services.