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Wise HVAC System Usage: Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling

By Darren Gersol Subscribe to RSS | February 5th 2012 | Views:
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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are essential in homes and commercial establishments as they provide thermal comfort all year long. Even if these units are a bit expensive, they are in-demand because people need a source of heat during the cold season and cold air when the hot weather strikes. These pieces of mechanical equipment also consume a lot of electricity. In times when energy prices are continuously increasing, it is best to be wise in using HVAC systems. Here are some tips on how you can make your heating and cooling system usage more cost-effective.

•#Insulate your home. Seal every part of your home that can be a source of air leaks. Replace windows if needed to prevent air from coming in and out. Install door brush seals to achieve such an effect too. As more outdoor air blows into the house, the HVAC unit works harder to keep the temperature regulated. This consumes more electricity.

•Clean filters regularly. If the air condition unit is not producing enough cold air anymore, perhaps the air filter is clogged by too much dirt. Wash the filter at least once a month to keep the air clean. Allergens and other viruses circulated through the unit when filters are not cleaned very well. If the filter is too worn out, consider replacing it with a new one.

• Inspect the engine regularly, and fix small problems immediately. Small engine problems may worsen if neglected. Small engine problems cause the HVAC unit to work harder and consume more electricity. Therefore, you can save money and electricity if these simple engine problems are immediately repaired. If you are not knowledgeable on fixing HVAC engines, you can also seek help from experienced Utah air conditioning and heating experts.

•#Set the thermostat at a temperature that is comfortable for you. Set the thermostat at a lower temperature during the summer and a higher temperature during the cold season. Avoid changing the thermostat level very frequently to prevent the unit from breaking down easily.

Consider buying a Utah heating and air conditioning unit with advanced programmable thermostats.

• Replace your HVAC system if it is beyond 10 years old. Old HVAC units tend to consume more energy than newer and better units like Utah heating and air conditioning systems. Old units are also less efficient in providing heating and cooling, so it is, indeed, better to invest in a new one.

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