HVAC energy efficiency tips

Ask yourself these questions to find out how you can make your home this summer more HVAC energy efficient:

  • What size heat pump do I need to replace my unit?
  • Is my ductwork leaking air?
  • How do programmable thermostats save energy?
  • What’s the best kind of air filter for energy efficiency?
  • What is a variable speed heat pump?

HVAC energy efficiency tips

by Apr 4, 2018Heating and Air Conditioning, Tips and Facts

What size heat pump do I need to replace my unit?

When your HVAC system is too large for your home, you’ll pay more to feel less comfortable. Oversized equipment operates in short run time cycles, so it’s on long enough to cool your home, but not to pull the humidity out. Don’t allow your HVAC tech to assume that your home just needs a replacement of the same sized unit. Any time you build additions or even just improved the insulation, your home may require a new sized unit. Plus, you wouldn’t want to assume that whoever installed the current unit did it correctly the first time. Make sure your technician agrees to take time to calculate your home’s most up-to-date heating and cooling needs using the industry standard calculation. Such calculations take into account the climate, along with the house’s size, design, and construction.

What size heat pump do I need

What size heat pump do I need

Ultimately, the best path to comfort and savings is finding an air conditioning unit that actually fits your home. One that isn’t powerful enough won’t effectively cool your home and will inflate your power bill. One that is too powerful will work too quickly, shutting off before most of the humidity has been removed, leaving you cool but clammy.

Is my ductwork leaking air?

ductwork

Keep conditioned air in and unwanted temperature air out. Leaky, uninsulated ductwork wastes huge amounts of energy and money. Use duct wrap insulation for a quick fix with a big, immediate payoff. Uninsulated ducts that run through unconditioned spaces can lose more than 30 percent of their heating or cooling capacity. So you’ll save money by insulating them.

Have your ductwork inspected by a professional HVAC technician to test for leakage, then based on that information, make necessary repairs to meet / exceed performance standards.

 

If your ductwork does need repairs, don’t skip the repairs and install a ductless mini split unit instead. Then you’ll be paying for two different units to cool your home! This would create an imbalanced system, which can create pockets of warm air when it should be cooling your home.

Symptoms of poorly performing ducts:

  • rooms that seem to never really feel warm or cool
  • rooms that feel stuffy
  • dust and dirt coat your stuff when the air comes out of the vents
  • tangled or kinked flexible ducts
  • ducts that are located in an attic, crawl space, or garage
  • higher utility bills

 

If you have noticed these symptoms, you need an HVAC technician to come out to inspect your ductwork.

How do programmable thermostats save energy?

The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills. Nearly half of that goes toward heating and cooling your home. You can save about $180 a year by properly installing and setting a programmable thermostat.

 

A programmable thermostat cools people, instead of empty rooms. It allows you to set the temperature higher when no one’s going to be home, then maintain a more comfortable temperature when someone is there. You can take control of the temperature and lower your costs with a programmable thermostat that’s user friendly, touch screen, and accessible through your smartphone.

 

A programmable thermostat offers settings to regulate your home’s temperature to deliver savings without sacrificing comfort. Depending on your family’s schedule, you can see significant savings by sticking with those settings or adjust them as appropriate for your family.

What’s the best kind of air filter for energy efficiency?

High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) air filter

If you are looking for efficiency, the High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filter is your best choice. A HEPA air filter will remove almost all allergens from the air that passes through your heat and air conditioning equipment by trapping particles in the deepest point of its thick pleated surface area encompassing roughly 7 pleats per inch. Yet, if not maintained properly it can restrict airflow through your heat and air conditioning unit. Unlike most other filters, you can clean and reuse HEPA filters.

What is a variable speed heat pump?

When it’s time to replace your heat pump, consider the benefits a variable speed heat pump with top-rated performance. Variable speed gives you a breakthrough in energy savings and your family’s comfort. By varying the speed of the compressor, it’s better able to cool your home. It operates more efficiently at light loads, while still being capable of delivering full capacity under extreme temperatures. Typical heat pumps, like the one you probably own now, work by kicking on full capacity to cool, then stops completely. The air remains stagnant in-between the times the heat pump turns on.

 

With a variable speed compressor, the heat pump continues to run gently maintaining fresh air and a comfortable temperature.

Variable Speed heat pump

Variable Speed heat pump

Plus, with a 20.5 SEER efficiency and a built-in dehumidifier, you can enjoy even the hottest of summer days.

Easiest fix for energy efficiency is as simple as tuning up your air conditioning unit.

 

Up to 50% of your home’s energy bill is from cooling your home, so when it’s not running correctly, you’re losing money to the power company and needlessly draining energy resources.

heat pump tune-up

heat pump tune-up

  • Energy savings: Properly maintained heat pump reduces your electric bill.
  • Increased system life: The number one reason for system failure is surprisingly simply dirt clogging important parts. A heat pump tune up causes your unit to last longer, so you won’t have to replace an entire unit prematurely.
  • Correct health risks: Freshly replaced air filters catch dust, dander, bacteria, and particles.
  • Peace of mind: Our highly trained and through technicians keep the temperature in your home comfortable for you and your family throughout the year.
  • Unplanned breakdowns from improper maintenance, just like your car.
  • Condenser coils get clogged with dust, dirt, pollen, and other debris. When that happens, the condenser coil loses its ability to pull air from the unit. Then, the compressor has to work hard causing a higher electric bill.
  • Dirty filters can cause the evaporator coil to starve for air. Each evaporator coil is designed for a specific volume of air to ensure adequate operation.
  • Lack of professional maintenance on your cooling system can mean failure of the unit’s compressor, condenser fan, and other system components. A malfunction of a single component will overwork your unit. To illustrate this point, 80% of all compressor failures could have been avoided if a proper maintenance had been performed.

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