Your HVAC system consumes almost half of the energy used in your home annually. To improve its efficiency, your home's heating and cooling and various other systems need to work together in tandem. Addressing the following issues is vital for syncing HVAC systems and saving energy:
Advice related to modern A/C systems is easy enough to find, no matter where you live. However, you might be surprised to find that many things you would consider ironclad truths about cooling your home are partially or completely false. Read on for some tips for counteracting bad advice on energy-saving practices.
It can get pretty humid in Fort Wayne over the summer. On the days where the humidity is at its worst, it may even appear that your A/C isn't doing as much as usual to combat the heat. In reality, the unit is probably fighting a losing battle with humidity, which can make the house feel warmer, even when the thermostat says the A/C is doing its job.
In order to get the most value for the money you spend, many people make as much effort as possible. Between comparison shopping and using coupons at the grocery store to having an app on your smartphone to automatically check for the best gas prices, there are lots of ways to save money today. However, when it comes to your home cooling and heating system, you may not be saving as much money as you think you are.
If you're tired of high utility bills, but want to stay cool over the summer, it may be time to try out a two-stage cooling system. Unlike traditional air conditioners that only have one setting on their compressor, paired with a variable air handler (or fan), a two-stage cooling system will actually have a variable speed on its compressor. This means with two-stage cooling, you can control how much cold air you're paying to generate at any particular time, as well as how fast it's being disbursed, making the system more energy efficient.
Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) have a well-earned reputation for being among the most energy-efficient ways to cool and heat homes. The federal government recognizes this and offers geothermal tax credits for any homeowner who installs a qualifying system in a primary or vacation home. These tax credits are available through the end of December 2016.
Split-system central air conditioners make our lives much more comfortable, but their outdoor components don't always look so good in our yards. One way to make the outside unit – that gray box that holds vital components of your A/C – look less conspicuous is to use landscaping. An added benefit is that the cover and shade from the landscaping may actually make the unit run more efficiently, as long as good landscaping tips are followed.
Indoor air pollutants make our homes less safe for you and your family, contribute to allergy problems and otherwise threaten your health. Sometimes these problems may be lessened by simply solutions such as houseplants that help remove or neutralize pollutants. For serious indoor air quality concerns, more professional solutions are needed. In some cases, indoor air pollutants may be caused by inefficient or improperly maintained HVAC systems.
It’s the time of year to open up the windows and let in some fresh air. However, even in the springtime, the weather outside isn’t always conducive to doing so. Read on to learn how HVRs and ERVs can deliver fresh outside air to your home any time of year without paying exorbitant energy prices to condition fresh air.
Replacing your air conditioner is a big and potentially stressful task. This causes many homeowners to put it off until it's too late, and it costs them in either comfort, inconvenience or repair bills. Here are some ways you can tell when it’s time for an A/C replacement.
After a particularly severe winter, many of us here in Indiana were thrilled to see the season of heating bills ending. However, the summer is right around the corner, and air conditioning will soon become a necessity, driving costs up again. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this increase by making your home more efficient and lowering your energy consumption. Here are a few tips to get started and reduce electricity usage in your home:
Spring is here (with summer not so far behind), and so is the pollen. This time of year is one of the most beautiful in Indiana, yet if you're an allergy sufferer you may not enjoy it. There are many ways to try to reduce exposure to pollen, and here are seven tips for keeping pollen out of the house.
If your old furnace has finally given out or you're planning on building a home, you may find yourself wading into the debate over natural gas vs. oil furnaces. This debate has been raging for as long as people have had easy access to both fuels and it's unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
As winter months approach, you'll want to include a bit of off-season maintenance for your outside A/C condensing unit. Though you may be tempted to let the condenser sit uncovered through the winter, a little preventative maintenance will provide some basic protection for the unit.
By keeping your home clean, you also help keep your indoor air free of dust, pollen and other airborne contaminants that can trigger allergy attacks, asthma and other respiratory problems. Some HVAC contractors also suggest an annual or semi-annual duct cleaning as part of your regular preventive maintenance routine. If a duct cleaning has been recommended to you, be cautious. Duct cleaning may not always be necessary, and in some cases, the recommendation could be an outright scam.
Every generation thinks of itself as smarter and more capable than the previous generation. While that may not be accurate when it comes to people, it certainly is the case with programmable thermostats. The new generation is much smarter than its predecessors with an array of features that make it easier than ever for you to save money.
Now is a great time to do your hardworking air conditioning equipment a favor – by scheduling a spring air conditioning tune-up. You'll be doing your wallet a favor as well, since a well-maintained home comfort system will serve you for years to come. What's more, your air conditioning system will be in top shape throughout its life with regular maintenance, saving you money every month in energy costs. Contact your New Haven area HVAC professional to schedule an inspection and preventive maintenance visit soon, before the big summer rush.