Energy Efficient HVAC

How to choose an energy efficient HVAC system

With electricity costs continuing to rise, increasing numbers of consumers are demanding better energy efficiency from their appliances. Your home's heating and cooling system requires a lot of electricity to run, and if it's not operating at peak efficiency, your power bills could skyrocket. To lower your costs, you have two options: take steps to make your current unit more efficient, or replace your current heater and air conditioner with an energy efficient HVAC system.

You can easily identify energy efficient HVAC systems by looking for the Energy Star symbol. Created to help consumers make more environmentally friendly choices, the Energy Star system is applied to energy efficient appliances which run on significantly less power than demanded by government guidelines. To qualify for the Energy Star seal, an energy saving HVAC system must use at least 10 percent less power at peak consumption than a standard unit; the most efficient systems use as little as half the usual amount of power.

Generally speaking, the more energy efficient an air conditioning or heating system is, the higher its initial cost—but the greater your overall energy savings will be in the long run.

Improve the Efficiency of Your Current HVAC System

If you don't have the capital to invest in a new energy efficient heating and cooling system, you can still trim your power bills by making your current HVAC more frugal in its electricity consumption. One thing you should definitely do is inspect your air filters often, particularly during peak heating and cooling seasons (winter and summer). Change your air filters as soon as they're clogged and dirty.

Your HVAC ductwork should be properly sealed to reduce and prevent energy loss. Loosely sealed ducts leak warm or cooled air, delivering less to the rooms of your home and requiring you to run the system harder to achieve the desired temperature. Ensuring your HVAC ductwork is firmly sealed and using programmable thermostats to accurately set and maintain indoor air temperatures will help you cut your power costs.

Finally, make sure you get your HVAC system tuned up annually. A qualified HVAC professional will be able to identify and correct any inefficiencies which may be contributing to excess electricity consumption.

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