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Trying to Save Money on Your Energy Costs? Here’s How with HVAC Upgrades
14 Jun
By: Climate Control
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Because energy costs constitute a significant portion of a home's total energy bill, improving the energy efficiency of your home matters. Depending on your budget and resources, there is a broad range of upgrades you can implement for your HVAC system to save money on energy costs.

Upgrade #1: Upgrade to an Energy Efficient HVAC System

This is probably the most expensive way to reduce your energy costs, but it's also likely to produce the most dramatic savings. Your current heating and cooling system will help determine your options. For example, if you have a 15-year-old HVAC system, simply upgrading to whatever is on the market today will probably produce impressive energy savings results.

However, if your HVAC system is just a few years old, you'll have to do more research to find the system that produces improved performance and more efficiency than what you currently have. One such example is geothermal, which is one of the most efficient systems available.

Upgrade #2 Programmable Thermostat

HVAC units are more cost effective when someone is home and awake to take full advantage of their heating or cooling. For example, during a weekday in the summer, when no one is typically home, the air conditioner doesn't need to be at its normal temperature. Instead, set it to a warmer setting. Since no one will be home, no one will notice!

The problem with doing this manually is that the house would be really warm when the first person returned home. No one would be physically available during the day to reset the thermostat to a more comfortable temperature. But if you could have a thermostat automatically adjust its temperature right before the first person returned home, then they wouldn't notice the air conditioner wasn't running for most of the day. That saves lots of money. A programmable thermostat allows this flexibility.

Upgrade #3: Install a Zoned HVAC System

A conventional HVAC system heats or cools the entire house at once. This isn’t very efficient in many situations, such as when there is only one room or floor of the house that needs heating or cooling. With a zoned HVAC system, the heater or air conditioner has equipment and ductwork that allows the HVAC unit to heat or cool only one room or floor at a time. This means less wasted energy for heating or cooling a part of the house where no one is present.

For more great ideas to improve the energy efficiency of your home, contact Climate Control. We’ll be more than happy to discuss your options and find ways for you to save money.

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