Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment perform heating and/or cooling for residential, commercial or industrial buildings.
There are simple ways to improve the energy efficiency of your HVAC system that won’t require huge changes or expenditure. Here are a few tips to make your HVAC system a well-tuned, energy-efficient machine during the colder months.
Opt for an Annual Contract
When you purchase the HVAC systems ensure that you look at the agreements and give priority service and special pricing on HVAC maintenance checks and regular service. These tune-ups are great ways to ensure the integrity of the system. The more smoothly it operates, the more money you’ll save in the long run.
Change the Air Filter
The air filter is the barrier in your HVAC system that keeps contaminants out of the air and helps to provide superior air quality. However, during heavy HVAC usage in the winter, this filter can get dirty very quickly. If it builds up with debris, it often causes the HVAC system to work harder to supply the same amount of energy. To offset this, make sure to check and change the air filter as needed during the winter. During lower-usage periods in spring and fall, it is likely that you won’t need to change the filter as often.
One of the biggest sources of heat loss in an HVAC system is via the ductwork. This can result from poor installation, age, or simply breaking down of the ductwork over time. Leaks are usually easy to fix with mastic sealant or metal tape. Sometimes sections of the ductwork might need to be replaced. It is a good idea to enlist the services of an HVAC contractor who can thoroughly inspect the entire ductwork and make the necessary repairs.
There are many ways you can improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. Sometimes it might require a big investment, for example, replacing an inefficient heating system. However, there are many inexpensive ways, such as correctly programming your thermostat that can make a big difference.