Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Energy Efficiency Tips For Your HVAC System

There are many benefits to having an energy efficient HVAC system from saving money on utility bills to improving the life of your system. If you are wanting to start benefiting from increasing your efficiency, Royal Heating & Air offers some tips to increase the efficiency of your system. 

Regular Maintenance

An improper working HVAC system could increase your utility bills. Having maintenance done on your HVAC system twice a year by a professional HVAC company at the Lake of the Ozarks can help you become more energy efficient by being able to spot potential problems before they become a larger issue. In addition to having maintenance done, it is also important to keep your system clean. Check your filter once a month and change as needed. You may need to change it more frequently if you have pets. It's also a good idea to keep vents clean by wiping them down. 

Seal Up Leaks

Sealing up your home is one of the best ways to become more energy efficient. If your home is not properly sealed up, your HVAC system may have to work harder to make up for the air that is being lost. Here are some common places where leakage can occur:

• Electrical receptacles and outlets
• Mail outlets
• Holes around pipes and wires
• Dampers by the fireplace
• Worn weather stripping around doors
• Baseboards and window frames

If you seal up these areas, you can rest assure that your home will not lose warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. 

Use A Programmable Thermostat 

You can help save energy by adjusting the thermostat when you're away from home or while you're sleeping. A programmable thermostat can do this automatically for you without sacrificing comfort, as you can program a set schedule that will adjust the temperature for you before you wake up or come back home. It's important to remember not to make drastic changes when setting the thermostat. During the summer, setting the thermostat at a colder setting than normal will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling, which could result in unnecessary expenses. 

Proper Insulation

In addition to making sure your home is sealed up, you should also check to ensure your home has the proper amount of insulation. When your home is properly insulated, your HVAC system doesn't have to work as hard to warm up or cool down your home. If your home is feeling a little drafty in the winter or it takes a while to cool down in the summer, it may be wise to have a professional check to see if your home has enough insulation. 

Plant Trees For Shade

If your home is older and has poor insulation and windows, planting trees (particularly deciduous trees) could help you save energy. In the summer, the foliage helps block sunlight that would warm the house, while in the winter, the bare branches allow this light through that helps keep your home warm. However, if your home is newer with very good insulation and Energy Star (or better) window, the effect is much smaller. 

Upgrade HVAC System

Many older systems are not energy efficient, meaning they constantly waste energy and increase your utility bills. Older HVAC systems waste energy cycling on and off. New systems with variable speed technology run longer at a lower power and minimize the on and off cycle, which helps you save money. If you are thinking about upgrading your system and energy efficiency is important to you, make sure the new systems you look at are Energy Star Qualified. The energy star program ensures that all endorsed appliances exceed federal standards for energy efficiency. 

Hopefully, with these tips, you can start seeing the benefits of an energy efficient HVAC system. Royal Heating & Air is here for you for maintenance or installation on your HVAC system. We are also here for emergency situations too with our 24/7 emergency service. If you find yourself without heat this winter, call the best HVAC repair company at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-480-4313.

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