As all fuel prices continue rising sky high, energy efficiency has returned as a major topic. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the last seven summers have seen record-breaking heat and the forecast doesn’t seem to want to let up.
This means that staying home to save on gas does not automatically translate to energy efficiency. HVAC systems are being stressed and running harder and longer. Parts and replacement units are still delayed in supply lines and are often hard to get.
At least half, if not more, of your energy usage is in heating and cooling. For the sake of your budget, a well-maintained HVAC system is now more vital than ever.
Energy efficiency begins with education and the mindset of using less and getting the most out of what you already have. Consider getting an HVAC system efficiency analysis. This will tell you where you stand and help you learn where you can save in your quest for energy efficiency.
You will learn if and what your options are. They may include things such as:
- Retrofits for larger systems can increase your energy efficiency while putting off total upgrades.
- You may see a double or triple return on your investment if your HVAC unit is over 10 years old.
- What new modern gadgets may help you save big for minimal investment.
- What insulation is needed and where it will do the most good.
Other Things You Can Do
Make sure you help your HVAC energy efficiency by both keeping your unit clear of debris and clean, and also ensuring that your airflow is not impeded by furniture.
Save on costly and ill-timed repairs by being vigilant about routine maintenance. This includes making sure your air filters are regularly changed. A clogged air filter is an expensive waste of energy and is hard on your unit.
You can save more by powering down your electronics when not in use. The US Department of Energy believes that unused plugged-in electronics can account for up to 10% of your energy bill. Not only do electronics draw power even if off but still plugged in, they create heat that makes your HVAC work harder to cool your space.
Where to Start
Start with an HVAC system efficiency analysis from Climate Smith LLC. Once you know what you are dealing with, your energy efficiency efforts can be targeted to the most beneficial actions. Call today to schedule your analysis.