The January cold in Washington, DC, is not one you can get away with by wearing a thin jacket! It’s breezy cold, and when you step outside, you need to be zipped up, wrapped up, and protected from the tiniest cold weather.
That cold makes you want to sleep in, snooze the alarm, and turn on the thermostats to the highest settings.
The only problem is the energy bills that come after will probably suck the life out of you. To help keep your energy bills from skyrocketing while having your home at a comfortable temperature, HVAC energy efficiency is a critical factor to keep in mind.
What Makes an HVAC System Energy Efficient?
When shopping for an HVAC unit or other home equipment, consider its energy efficiency. Different factors play a role in ensuring your HVAC unit is energy efficient.
For this reason, even the slightest change can make or break the energy efficiency of your system.
Understanding the science behind the energy efficiency of HVAC units is essential to finding the most efficient unit for your home or business.
Here are some of the scientific ratings used in rating the most efficient HVAC units:
- Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER)
SEER is the ratio developed of the cooling output of your system over an average cooling season divided by the total energy used. A SEER ratio is simply the less energy used to produce the proper amount of cooling, the higher the SEER rating.
A higher SEER rating indicates your unit can operate more efficiently in certain conditions, lessening your monthly utility bill.
- Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER)
EER rating is curated in strict laboratory conditions, unlike SEER, which uses seasonal averages. However, like SEER, the higher the rating, the more efficient the HVAC system.
- Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)
HSPF measures the efficiency of HVAC’s heat pumps. It considers the ratio of heat output (usually measured in BTUs) over the heating season to electricity used by the heat pump. Like SEER, the higher the HSPF, the more efficient the heat pump is.
Always make sure to check for these ratings when purchasing a new unit.
Tips to Make Your HVAC Unit More Energy-Efficient
If your unit is old, you may need to invest in a whole new HVAC unit with more energy-efficient ducting; other times, you can simply make some changes to help make your unit more energy-efficient.
Here are a few tips that will ensure your HVAC unit serves you comfortably while reducing those energy bills:
- You can retrofit your old HVAC by replacing the compressor, adding fan controls, and aid side economizers to help take advantage of the cool air outside your home.
- Increase the insulation in your home and your system’s duct to prevent air from escaping, hence reducing the workload your unit has to do to cool and heat your home.
- Make use of programmable controls and thermostats.
- Preserve the system airflow by keeping your unit dust and debris-free; also, ensure you do not have items blocking your air vents and ducts for maximum airflow.
- Regularly change your air filters.
- Place your outdoor unit in a shaded area since excess sunlight causes the unit to overheat, causing it to use more energy to cool the home.
Let Us Help You with all Your Energy Efficient HVAC Needs in Washington, DC, and the Nearby Areas
With the information from this guide, we believe you’re equipped with the knowledge you need to make better decisions for your HVAC system.
Whether you need new installation, repair, or maintenance services, we have you covered at Frontline Mechanical, Inc..
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