Have you by any chance juxtaposed your utility bills prior installing an HVAC system with what the bills are saying right now? Is there an alarming increase? If yes, your HVAC system may not be working efficiently as it should.
Here are some tips on how to up your system’s efficiency and drop the bills reasonably.
- Regular Maintenance
A clogged HVAC system will struggle to meet your home’s cooling and/or heating demands. To avoid breakdowns and inefficiencies, it is important to schedule regular maintenance. A regular maintenance scheme will help avoid small problem becoming bigger and also save you some money.
- Implement/Set up HVAC controls
Implementing control will grants you the opportunity to choose how your HVAC system operates. Such controls include Timing Automation Systems (TAS), Programmable Thermostat, Sensors and many more. Putting these controls in place will help ensure that the heating and cooling functions of your HVAC unit are optimised when your home is occupied or otherwise.
In simple terms, optimal heating or cooling doesn’t occur until it becomes entirely necessary.
- On a regular, Check and Replace your Air Filters
Another easy way to up the efficiency of your HVAC system is to replace the air filter on a regular; at most monthly. Replacing your system’s air filter does not only prevent your heating and cooling unit from working too hard, it also ensures that there are no breakdowns and the quality of air circulated in your home is not compromised. Dirty filters will prevent the flow of air and consequently, lower the efficiency of your HVAC system. Once your air filter ceases to be translucent, then a change is necessary.
- Inspect your ducts regularly
Ducts are the pathways by which air is circulated throughout a given space. To ensure the optimum circulation of air, check the ducts that are accessible to you for the accumulation of dirt and debris and clean them using a vacuum cleaner. Clean ducts will ensure air circulation at maximum capacity and your HVAC system will function more efficiently and you will save some money too.
Also check for air gaps, holes and leakages in your ductwork. As much as you can, seal the holes and fix the air leakages.
For adequate inspection, cleaning and repair of your ductwork, contact a professional HVAC technician for the best service.
- Get an energy audit of your home
An energy audit is the best way to determine how much energy your home is consuming and how efficiently your HVAC system is working. You HVAC advisor will evaluate the efficacy of your system; how well it heats and cools your home and he will make recommendations where necessary.
- Reduce your load capacity
Load capacity is the amount of cooling and heating used by a given space. A reduction in load capacity will help your HVAC system run less often. To reduce load capacity in your home, you must do the following: install window films, install energy-efficient lightings and windows, and put adequate insulation in place.