When we talk about heating and cooling, we immediately think about efficiency and costs. It’s a general rule. The more efficient your system is, the lower the costs. Newer, more efficient systems offer more savings the more you use them. Aside from your utility bill, efficient systems also help the environment.
If you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system, don’t be too quick to make the purchase. Check out the EnergyGuide label first. When products reach a specific efficiency level, they will be labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo. However, if you don’t want to buy a new system but want to increase the efficiency of your existing unit, you still have a number of options. You might want to consider a professional’s opinion regarding this. Some systems, particularly the older ones, might be less efficient than others. That’s why professional advice would be best.
According to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 50% of the energy use of a typical household is spent on heating and cooling systems. When you think about efficiency, there are a few things to consider, newer models, cost to purchase, energy consumption, and operational costs.
How do I tell if my system is up to efficiency standards?
EnergyGuide label – when you purchase heating and cooling systems, heat pumps, and anything similar, pay attention to this label. Your local HVAC contractor will let you know about the EnergyGuide label and what it stands for.
ENERGY STAR logo – when you see this logo on HVAC units that means it passes the energy efficiency criteria that was set by the DOE.
What to do to cut down energy bills?
Doing a home assessment – most of the time, a huge part of how effective heating and cooling systems operate depends on how your home is laid out. To save on energy, do a visual inspection. Check out every area of your home and determine problem areas. Check if ducts are all working and that everything is properly insulated. You could complete the assessment by yourself through following the guide on the DOE website. However, if you want a more reliable assessment, you can have local professionals HVAC contractor do it for you.
Be on the lookout for energy efficiency offers
Ask your local heating and cooling company about tax incentives if they have any. Sometimes, if you buy energy efficient systems it allows you to qualify for tax incentives. Although, this does not apply to all units. However, you can check out energy.gov/savings to learn more.
Don’t let the small details slip
Even the smallest details can translate to increased efficiency. Installing a programmable thermostat lets you easily take control of your home’s temperature without having to manually change the settings. You could also check the filters every now and then to see if they’ve accumulated too much dust for the system to suck in air. You could also opt for a budget-billing program. Although not necessarily cheaper, it will keep your bills from soaring due to seasonal spikes. This, however, is not available throughout all providers.
Want to increase the efficiency of your HVAC unit? Call North Myrtle Beach Heating & Air today!
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