The HVAC system of your home is one of the areas where a lot of energy is used. If you want to reduce your utility costs, then you will need to reduce the energy consumption of heating and cooling in your home. There are many improvements that you may want to consider for a more efficient HVAC system. Here are a few HVAC improvements that will help cut your energy costs at the end of the month:
1. Repairing and Upgrading Ductwork With Damaged Insulation and Air Leaks
The ductwork of your HVAC system is vulnerable to damage due to exposure to water, wear, and pests that eat at insulation. Sometimes, the sealant around connections of ductwork may wear out, which causes air leaks and energy loss. If your ductwork is old and worn, it may be time to consider replacing it with modern materials that are more durable. In addition, make sure to occasionally inspect ductwork for damage and possible air leaks that could be causing you a lot of energy loss.
2. Installing A Programmable Smart Thermostat for Your HVAC System
There have been programmable thermostats for HVAC systems for decades, but they have recently gotten smarter. Just like your smartphone, smart thermostats are designed to make your life easier. These thermostats will adapt to your habits and automatically adjust the settings of heating and cooling to meet your needs and maximize energy efficiency. Replacing the thermostat is a simple and affordable HVAC improvement that will give you great energy-saving benefits.
3. Using Alternative Energy Solutions for Heating and Cooling
There are also alternative energy solutions that you may want to consider for your HVAC. Geothermal heat exchange systems are the solution that help you save energy for heating and cooling your home. Solar collectors are a great choice for heating your home with thermal energy from the sun. There are also biomass boilers and furnaces, which burn organic materials as a source of fuel for heating your home. Some of these different alternative energy solutions can be combined to maximize energy efficiency. For example, you may want to consider combining solar collectors or geothermal systems with biomass boiler to make your heating more efficient.
These are a few HVAC improvements that will help cut your energy costs at the end of the month. Contact an HVAC contractor at a company like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. to get help with some of these improvements to make your home more efficient.