HVAC Usage – Energy Conservation Tips

HVAC systemAround 30-40% of a normal household’s energy bill comes from HVAC usage. That’s a huge chunk of the pie when you come to think of it. There’s a reason why. An HVAC system takes up a lot of electricity when they heat up or cool your house down. They also use up more power if a number of factors come together to decrease efficiency. This is why a number of steps must be taken to ensure that the HVAC unit is in its optimal operational state at all times. But how do you make sure that you are getting the most out of your HVAC unit without increasing operational cost? Read on to find out how.

How to keep your HVAC energy consumption down

Load reduction – the initial step towards reducing the amount of electricity used on an HVAC system is by reducing load. This can be achieved through a number of ways. This may include the following:

  • Ensuring proper insulation to maximize heating and cooling systems. Insulation plays a huge role in maintaining the internal temperature of a house. With proper insulation in place, the HVAC system will not require more power to maintain ideal temperature levels.
  • Using energy efficient windows. In the typical household setting, most of the hot or cold air in the house is lost to windows and doors. Installing energy efficient windows helps prevent the loss of warmth or coolness.
  • Upgrading to energy efficient lighting. Incandescent lights not only use up more electricity but they also produce more heat. This will be fine during the winter season but it will be a drag in the summer where the HVAC unit cools the house down.
  • Having proper ventilation. It is a well-known fact that ventilation plays a huge role in heating and cooling. Also, with adequate ventilation, HVAC units can perform without the added burden.

Making necessary upgrades – there are a bunch of upgrades that your HVAC contractor could recommend. Programmable thermostats have become more popular in recent years due to their flexibility in terms of controlling temperature. Smart thermostats provide convenience for the user, allowing them to set the temperature for any given date. Some smart thermostat models go as far as learning from user habits to create a pattern of temperature levels.

Maintenance and proper care – aside from having the correct thermostat settings, it is also important for HVAC units to have enough proper maintenance. Users must understand that for the HVAC to efficiently cool and heat a house, it must operate at certain levels. For the HVAC unit to continue working at an efficient range, it must be well-maintained. This means the air filters must be cleaned or swapped out periodically. The outside unit must be cleaned and checked for damages as well.

For better efficiency, it is suggested to leave the maintenance to experts like NMB HVAC Pros. These professionals know the ins and outs of HVAC units and maintenance will be a fairly easy task to perform.

Call NMB HVAC Pros if you are considering to have your HVAC system maintained.

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