Additional Tips

To increase the efficiency of you’re a/c there are several tips that will help such as using fans. When air flows over your skin, it takes away surface heat and helps to evaporate perspiration. This, in turn, makes you feel cooler and more comfortable. Putting on a ceiling fan or other standing fan can also make you feel cooler and it also gives you an opportunity to set your thermostat a few points higher. Most importantly, to keep your a/c from being challenged, close all doors and windows. When warm air comes into your home, you’re a/c has to work much harder. Also, when you are not home, save energy and give your compressor a break by setting the thermostat several degrees higher. And, when fans, open windows and doors are enough to keep your cool, turn off the a/c and give it a much needed break.

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Installing a programmable thermostat is another effective way to save money and keep your home comfortably warm in the winter and cool in the summer. This works well for those who are away from home during certain times throughout the week. It’s a fact, that a programmable thermostat can save you close to $200 each year in energy costs. There is another way your HVAC is challenged and that is if it is more than 10 years old or if it is not keeping your home comfortable. If this is the case, have it inspected and evaluated by a professional HVAC specialist. If it is not working as it should, replace it with a unit that has the Energy Star label. Energy Star equipment can cut your annual energy bill by almost $200. In addition, even though energy efficient models are wonderful, it is important to first ensure that the new equipment be properly installed. New equipment that is improperly installed can lessen the efficiency of the equipment by up to 30 percent.

Some may not know it but another situation that challenges your heating and cooling system is humidity. Humidity affects not only air conditioners but it also affects heating systems, too. If you’re thinking about installing a new HVAC system, consider a HVAC system that also has a humidifier and dehumidifier, as part of the system. This can keep humidity levels in check.

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Common signs of high indoor humidity include moist, clammy air, foggy windows and a musty odor. An air conditioning system should be able to easily remove moisture from the air. However, many systems don’t do a good job. When humidity in your home is high, it will feel warmer than it is; this will make you’re a/c work harder than it should—hence, a challenge. In addition, humidity also affects heating. Low humidity during the winter can be so low that it makes your home feel much cooler than it is. When this happens, your furnace or heat pump will have to work a great deal harder but even then, it may not feel as warm as you would like it to feel.

Benefits of an effective HVAC system are greater energy savings, comfort control, efficient air flow, peace and quiet, a longer operating life, a lesser impact on the environment, and an increase in the resale of your home. There are certain signs and symptoms that will tell if you need to replace your system such as if it is more than 20 years old, if you are receiving high utility bills or if you notice performance that is inconsistent. Fall is an opportune time to schedule maintenance or installation of your HVAC system; a time before winter season kicks in and before the season of emergency heating repairs begins to take place. Talk with an HVAC professional and find out about the benefits of an effective HVAC system and how it can provide quality heating and cooling comfort for your family.