The use of the HVAC system throughout the year is one of the top expenditures towards the energy bill. Using the system year long for heating and air conditioning needs inflates the operating costs to help your home maintain comfort levels. When it comes time to use the HVAC system, most homeowners want to do what they can to minimize the cost and the energy use. There are quite a few ways to contribute to the reduction of energy in your home, but today, we at Agape Air Conditioning, Heating, and Plumbing would like to offer a few tips that effect the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Changing HVAC Air Filters
Providing a more efficient output from your HVAC system, the clean, fresh air filters properly facilitate the airflow. Filters are designed to retain the dust and debris in the air, and eventually the HVAC system filters will be filled to capacity, preventing the airflow. Depending on the type of air filters, you need to clean or replace the air filters on a monthly basis. Be sure to follow the instructions as to which you air filter requires.
Clean Air Duct Vents
As mentioned, the HVAC system requires proper air flow. Like clogged filters that impede the airflow, obstructed vents can do the same. Dust and debris often buildup on the vent’s surface and need to be cleaned. Many of the air vent covers are designed to be removed for thorough cleaning but it is essential you avoid damaging any mechanisms or electrical parts. Additionally, consider getting the air ducts cleaned every few years to ensure proper airflow that helps maximize the energy efficiency.
Energy Efficiency Measures in HVAC
The openings installed on the home’s exterior walls, such as doors, windows, skylights, and so on are all elements that reduce the HVAC system’s energy efficiency. These openings are designed with a single-pane glass, which allow heat to pass through by conduction. The output of your HVAC system is forced to compensate for the loss of heat during the cold months and the extra heat gained on warmer days. To help improve your HVAC system’s overall performance and efficiency, invest in replacing the doors and windows with double- or triple-pane glass and insulated frames that are more energy efficient.
Schedule Professional HVAC Maintenance
Routine professional maintenance is an essential aspect to having your HVAC system operate efficiently. Having the system maintained 2-3 times a year by a licensed expert can prevent damage, control the efficiency, and help your system last in optimal condition. The professionals can spot potential issues that cause the system to overly compensate and increase the energy usage and make the needed adjustments. Ensure the you have the heating system tuned up in the late summer or early fall, the cooling system tuned up in late winter or early spring, and annually schedule an over inspection on the HVAC system to ensure your HVAC system is operating at peak performance.