Your HVAC system is often working around the clock in order to purify and maintain a comfortable temperature in your home or work space. For many, finding ways to prolong the life of their HVAC system is a priority because we do depend on its performance daily. Here are some very practical ways you can reduce your energy consumption while prolonging the overall life of your HVAC unit, saving you time and stress in both the short and the long run!
Regular Professional Inspections
One of the best ways to ensure that your HVAC unit is working properly and doesn’t have any hidden issues is to have a professional come and inspect your system. Not only will this give you general peace of mind, but this will allow you to catch potential issues before they grow into greater problems.
Replace Older Parts
Retrofitting your HVAC unit is one way of getting newer more efficient parts working for you without replacing your entire system. On top of keeping your overall unit running longer, these newer parts will work to reduce energy costs in the meantime. Schedule an appointment to have a professional help lay out some retrofitting options for your specific unit.
Insulate the Space
Your HVAC unit might be working just as it should, but if the conditioned air is not staying in the desired location, the unit has to work harder. This not only raises your monthly energy bill, but the unnecessary strain on the unit can limit its life span. Adding insulation to the walls and windows can make a big difference in how much air gets in and out. In addition to the walls, covering the pipes and plumbing, ducts, and outlets will also help reduce the energy cost.
Controlling Heat Input
Another way to insulate your space is to reduce the amount of heat that can get inside your home as well as what gets out. One simple method of limiting outside heat is installing window tinting and closing your curtains when possible. If possible, purchase curtains with thermal liners. This will help naturally reflect heat by keeping sunlight away from the space you are trying to insulate. Painting your house a lighter, more reflective color can help as well.
When the temperatures start to rise outside, lowering the thermostat is often a knee jerk reaction to the heat. However, reducing the thermostat inside doesn’t mean you are making your home more comfortable. Logistically, if your thermostat is set to 76 degrees, then your house will be 76 degrees whether it is 100 °F or 40 °F outside. Instead of rushing to lower your thermostat to 60 degrees when it is hot outside, remember that on top of you not being comfortable at 60 degrees, your HVAC system will have to work extra hard to reduce the temperature that much. The amount of energy saved at 78 degrees compared to 72 degrees might be more dramatic in terms of your monthly bill than you think.
Beyond finding the right temperature for your home or office space, consider what temperature you typically have your thermostat set to when no one is there. If the whole family is gone from 7:30 am to 5 pm every day, avoid making your HVAC system work to keep an empty house cool during those hot daytime hours. Even raising the thermostat to 80 degrees during the day can save you in the short and long term. A really easy way of monitoring this is to install a programmable thermostat, or even one that connects to your smartphone, allowing you to control it from anywhere.
Looking for more energy efficiency tips, or ready to schedule an appointment with an HVAC technician? Contact AirOne Heating & Air Conditioning, an HVAC repair company in San Marcos, TX, for more information.