The cold season is coming up, and it’ll be time to switch on our heaters. There are plenty of tips and ideas for how to make the most of your HVAC system depending on the season, but why should we stop there? Wouldn’t everyone benefit more if they used year-round efficiency tips?
In this post, we’ll go over four tips to improve your HVAC efficiency for any time of the year.
1. Seal Those Ducts
First, you’ll want to make sure your ducts are in the best shape of their lives. It’s not going to do you much good to have a finely-tuned heater or air conditioner if the ducts are compromised.
The ducts are the series of vents that run through your home’s attic, and their purpose is to deliver air to all of the rooms in your home. To do this properly, the ducts need to be tightly sealed at all times. A significant amount of energy can be lost if there are any leaks in the ductwork.
Flexible ducts are made from a kind of plastic, and they can develop tears over time. Likewise, metal ducts rely on sealants to stay together, and these too can loosen as they age.
2. Use a Programmable Thermostat
Next, it will help substantially if you have a programmable thermostat. These types of thermostats can be simple digital displays, or full-on Wi-Fi and internet-enabled devices that connect to your smartphone. The idea is you want a thermostat that can run automatically, according to a pre-programmed schedule.
One of the biggest factors in HVAC inefficiency comes from the human element. Without a schedule to adhere to, it’s much more difficult to use the heater and AC consistently. If your goal is to reduce HVAC usage, it will be even more difficult if it all depends on manual programming.
Simple programmable thermostats can be set up with a schedule to help you save on energy. You just have to stick with the program after that. Alternatively, a high-tech smart thermostat can do all of this work for you. It all depends on your preferences.
3. Use a Zone Control System
Your normal central HVAC system can only heat or cool the entire home—that’s just the way the ducts are designed. However, a zone control system is an add-on that allows you to control each room’s temperature individually. This opens up several possibilities for energy savings.
We could go on and on, but the most logical way to use a zone control system is to stop heating and cooling the rooms that don’t have anyone in them. For example, if you only need to send air to two rooms for most of the year, your savings will drastically increase.
4. Schedule Regular Maintenance
Finally, make sure you’re up to date with maintenance. It’s the only way to ensure that your HVAC system is operating at its full potential. Heaters and ACs, alike, can have invisible problems weighing down its performance and driving up energy bills.