Air conditioning systems usually run for long hours, meaning they account for a large fraction of your energy bill. Learning how to properly use your HVAC system can therefore lead to improvements in energy efficiency. If you are concerned about the performance and cost of operating HVAC systems, the following energy efficiency tips may help you strike a balance between the two.
i) Use a Programmable Thermostat
Many people often wonder whether it’s a good idea to turn off their central AC when there is nobody at home, usually between 8.00am and 5.00pm. The truth is that turning off the system will save you money by reducing your energy use. However, you should know that it will take the system some time to condition the room to your preferred settings once you get back, so you may be sacrificing a little bit of comfort. Experts recommend you use a programmable thermostat to control your HVAC system. You can program the device to switch the system completely off at around 8.00am when everybody is out of the house and turn it back on, but run less, from 4.00am to around 5.00pm when you get back home. At 5.00pm sharp, the HVAC system should be programmed to run normally. In addition to saving you money, this strategy will help you maintain optimal comfort at home.
ii) Use Window Coverings
During extremely hot days, you can keep rooms in your home or office cool by closing curtains and drapes. This will prevent the sun’s energy from getting in and raising indoor temperatures. Windows should also be shut to prevent cool air from escaping outside or hot air from getting in. To ensure the AC is working properly during hot days, be sure to clean or replace the air filter on a monthly basis. Consider installing a ceiling fan and set any reversible fans to the forward direction. Ideally, you should hire a licensed HVAC company to check your system at least once a year.
iii) Install a Energy Efficient AC
If you have an old AC unit, consider buying a new device with higher SEER and EER ratings and come with an Energy-Star label. These units are more energy efficient and can save you a significant amount of money. Follow us for more articles that will help to ensure your HVAC systems are running properly and efficiently.