The main purpose of a HVAC system is to provide proper heating, cooling and airflow to each room or space, either in an office, home or industrial building. After installation of an HVAC system, experience shows that a number of problems can arise that could affect performance and comfort. Take a look at some ways of improving the efficiency of your HVAC system:
To improve their efficiency and performance, HVAC systems require regular maintenance. You should, therefore, remember to plan furnace tune-ups during the fall and AC tune-ups during the spring to avoid breakdowns and performance issues over the course of the year.
Purchasing a programmable thermostat and using it correctly is among the easiest ways to save money on your utility bills. Using a programmable thermostat can help you save between 5 and 10 per cent annually on heating and cooling costs. Instead of struggling to remember to change your thermostat settings daily, a programmable thermostat enables you to plan automatic temperature changes depending on your schedule. You can always update and adjust accordingly when necessary.
Changing your air filter regularly is a major maintenance task you can perform to prevent breakdowns, improve air quality, and improve the efficiency of your HVAC system. Dirty air filters block airflow through the HVAC system making it less efficient. Make a habit of inspecting your air filter for debris once a month. Generally, good air filters can last two to three months, and others can last up to 12 months. However, inspecting them monthly and replacing immediately when necessary increases the efficiency of your HVAC system and saves you money.
Our daily living habits generate dust and other air pollutants that enter the HVAC system and get re-circulated in the air. To keep the airflow in your home or building at maximum capacity, make a habit of dusting your register each time you see dust accumulating. Inspect every duct you have access to and ensure there is no debris or anything that could obstruct airflow.
Keeping your ducts free of debris and dust makes your HVAC system more efficient and saves you money in the long run. If you have not done so for a long time, plan a professional air-duct inspection with a HVAC technician to remove debris and dust that your vacuum cleaner hose cannot reach.
Having an energy audit is a good way to discover the efficiency of your HVAC system as well as the amount of energy you are using. A Comfort Advisor will evaluate how well the HVAC system cools and heats your home and come up with recommendations on any changes required in your attic ventilation and wall insulation.
Replacing your HVAC system is the biggest step towards improving the efficiency of your home’s comfort, air quality and energy efficiency. If your system is over ten years old, it may need to be replaced. Consider replacing it with a unit that is highly efficient and that saves energy.