If you want to improve energy efficiency, you can often improve your indoor air quality at the same time. This provides a double win for anyone owning or operating an HVAC system for their home or business. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your indoor air quality:
Air filters pull the floating contaminants out of your air. They work best when they're brand new or freshly cleaned, with their ability to clean the air dropping over time. As the filters clog up with contaminants, they hinder the flow of air through them. After a while, the air filter not only has trouble removing particles, but it makes the HVAC work harder to move the same amount of air. This, in turn, results in less energy efficiency.
Air filters are in multiple locations, such as your HVAC's air handler and the intake air vents. For ideal HVAC operation, clean all of these at least every few months.
Most thermostats have two fan settings. The first is Auto, and is what most people use. With the Auto setting, the fan only runs when the air conditioner or heater is also running. In theory, this can save energy, because the fan doesn't run all the time. But running the fan more often can sometimes be more energy efficient, in addition to helping improve your indoor air quality.
The second fan setting is On. Under this setting, the fan runs all the time, not just when the air conditioner or heater is actively operating. This setting allows for constant air movement within your home or business. This can improve energy efficiency because it promotes even heating and cooling, which may require your heater or air conditioner to run less often.
Consistent air movement is also good for your indoor air quality, as it allows your air filters to work all the time. Remember, your air filters won't remove contaminants from the air unless there is moving air to flow through them.
To discover additional ways to improve your energy efficiency and indoor air quality, speak with one of the many heating and cooling experts at Climate Control.
We would all love to run our heating and air conditioning units at full blast and make our homes and businesses frosty cool in the summer and toasty warm in the winter. But this uses an excessive amount of energy. The good news is that there's usually an agreeable setting on your thermostat where you can live and work comfortably, yet save money on your heating and cooling costs.
The ideal thermostat temperature setting in the winter is 68 degrees and in the summer, it's 78 degrees. Depending on how effectively your HVAC system works and how insulated your building is, you can tweak this recommendation. However, this suggestion seeks to reach a compromise between feeling comfortable and saving as much money as possible on your utility bills.
If you're cold in the winter and you want to warm things up quickly, you might wish to set your thermostat to a high temperature. And in the summer, when you're hot and want to cool down ASAP, you might choose to set your thermostat to a low temperature. While logic says using these extreme settings will help heat or cool your building faster, this is not the case. What often happens is that the interior area cools and heats at the same rate as usual, but then overshoots the desired temperature, wasting energy.
According to Energy.gov, if you have a heat pump, you won't save energy by setting the temperature back in the winter. This is because when you run your heat pump at a lower setting to make it cooler in your building, the heat pump actually runs less efficiently.
And with steam heating and radiant floor heating systems, there can be a delay in the time it takes for things to heat up. So when setting the temperature back on the thermostat in the winter, you will need to factor this time delay for things to get warm.
Your heating and air conditioning system has unique quirks when it comes to running most efficiently. To learn more about these characteristics, contact our team at Climate Control at your earliest convenience.
Maintenance agreements provide regular maintenance for HVAC units and systems. But what happens if your HVAC isn't working properly or providing the performance you require? Your HVAC technician can answer any questions you may have, including how to fix uneven cooling issues. Here are four remedies to solve such problems:
No matter how well-designed and installed a ductwork system is, it may not have the ability to cool a home evenly. This is because different areas of the home may have different temperatures, yet there is only one thermostat to sense when the air conditioner must turn on or off, and one network of ductwork to provide cool air for the entire home
With a zoned HVAC system, each zone will have its own thermostat and independent ductwork system to cool that particular area, regardless of what the temperature is in another zone. This will allow for more even cooling of the home.
A blocked vent is a common explanation for why a room isn't as cool as it should be. This might stem from a vent you manually closed and forgot about or furniture interfering with the flow of air from a vent. If a room isn't getting the amount of air the HVAC contractor and building architect intended, it should be no surprise if there is uneven cooling.
For a central air conditioner to evenly cool a home, there must be proper air flow. But air can't flow when the doors to rooms are not left open. Depending on the ductwork, certain rooms will be colder than normal while others are warmer than normal. To help promote even cooling of your home, make sure all doors stay open.
An uneven level of humidity in the home is another reason certain parts of your home may have uneven cooling. As you probably already know, higher humidity will feel warmer than lower humidity. To remedy humidity issues in certain areas of the home, such as around the kitchen, you can use a standalone dehumidifier to reduce that room's air moisture content.
If you need a maintenance agreement or additional assistance to address uneven cooling in your home, give your Climate Control specialists a call at 864-269-5576.
Commercial services provide professional HVAC repairs and installation services for businesses. But they can also provide tips for business to help save money on their cooling bill this summer season.
According to our commercial services experts, here are five ways you may be making your business hotter this summer:
An often overlooked method of lowering the indoor temperature is to use sun shades, curtain, blinds or any other barrier for blocking sunlight from coming in. Many people do this for their cars parked in the direct sun -- you'll see a shiny foil accordion-like cover in the front windshield. Unadorned windows allow extra sunlight to enter, creating additional sources of heat.
Clogged air filters can inhibit the air conditioner's ability to cool your business. With a dirty air filter serving as a blockage of air flow, not only will less cool air make it to the working areas of your business, but there will be less air circulation. Less circulation reduces the air conditioner's ability to dehumidify the air. This, in turn, will make it feel warmer than it really is. There's also the fact that a clogged air filter will reduce the efficiency of an HVAC unit, further increasing your energy costs.
Not only are incandescent light bulbs extremely energy inefficient, but that wasted energy comes in the form of heat, the very thing you'd like to avoid in the hot summer months. Try replacing your incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs for a much cooler and energy efficient lighting option.
Whenever your computer is on, it's not only using electricity, but it's generating heat. If your business operations allow for it, shut down or at least hibernate all computers at the end of the day. This will have the double benefit of avoiding heat generation and reducing energy usage of the computer itself.
Even the best HVAC unit won't provide the expected performance and energy saving results if there are gaps that allow cool air to escape and hot air to enter. To make sure proper seals exist with your windows and doors, check the weather stripping and replace it as necessary.
To learn more about ways you could be sabotaging your business energy bill this summer, look into expert commercial services by contacting our heating and cooling professionals at Climate Control now.