How to Optimize HVAC for Energy Efficiency

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Did you know that as much as 30 – 40% of your electricity bill is the result of climate control in your property? Whether you own a home or a commercial building, a good portion of your utility spending is dedicated to the heating and air conditioning system.

While it is important to maintain a comfortable indoor environment, it doesn’t mean that you need to spend your savings on expensive utility bills. Instead, it is time to talk to an HVAC expert about options to reduce energy usage. Here are a few suggestions to help you get started:

  • Optimize Load Reduction: The term “load reduction” refers to the burden that is being placed on the HVAC system. Installing energy-efficient windows, improving insulation, and controlling ventilation are all things that can reduce your energy costs. These steps help to eliminate leaks and drafts that might have a negative impact on indoor climate control.
  • HVAC Tune-Ups: Schedule a time for an HVAC expert to check your air conditioning system. A few small tweaks and adjustments can go a long way to improving the performance of the system. A well-maintained system can last for as long as 15 years, but it is important to stay consistent with the maintenance to avoid common equipment failure issues.
  • HVAC Replacement: If your system is more than 13 or 15 years old, then it might be time to invest in new equipment. Technology has improved in recent years, which means that you are missing out on some of the benefits if you are using outdated equipment. When you are choosing equipment, ensure that the equipment is the right size for the anticipated load in your home. Oversizing the equipment means that you will pay more for the installation and operations. “More is better” does NOT apply in the HVAC industry!

The most important thing that you can do is ensure that you are working with a licensed HVAC contractor with a proven reputation in the area. A qualified service provider can offer personalized recommendations for maintenance and replacement as needed. For more information, contact our team at Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning: (951) 375-6856