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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential and commercial buildings account for roughly 40% of our country’s energy consumption. Naturally, a significant portion of this usage comes from HVAC—heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Often times, we forget to think about the energy usage and money wasted through inefficient HVAC systems. In today’s blog, we at Apec Inc. would like to share with you some tips for improving the efficiency of your HVAC system.

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Stay On Top Of Maintenance

Like all equipment, your HVAC system needs proper maintenance to function properly and efficiently. Most industry experts suggest getting your HVAC unit inspected at least twice a year—once before the winter and once before the summer. During this inspection, an HVAC contractor will check for leaks, defective equipment, and make all necessary repairs.

Need a professional to perform your commercial or residential HVAC maintenance inspection? Contact us today to schedule your inspection.

Change Filter

Just as you wouldn’t run a dryer without first cleaning out the lint trap, the same is true for your HVAC filter. Most HVAC companies suggest changing filters at least once a month. Filters are relatively inexpensive, and making this a habit can improve the system’s performance and the overall air quality.

Preserve Airflow

Airflow is crucial to heating and cooling. Without proper airflow, you cannot expect your system to function properly. By simply keeping your unit clean and clear of leaves, dust, dirt, and debris, you can help improve HVAC energy efficiency. Additionally, be sure to pay attention to the flow of air in the home, ensuring that vents are not blocked by rugs or furniture.

Install an Economizer

Adding an economizer is one of the simplest and most cost-effective solutions for improving efficiency. Instead of relying on a compressor to cool warm air, economizers work by pulling in the cool outside air. During this process, the only energy that is needed is what is required to move the air throughout your home or commercial space.

Improve Insulation

Because the insulation in our homes is rarely visible, we often forget about its importance. The seals and insulation around your roof, walls, pipes, and ducts are crucial to the efficiency of your heating and AC unit, and over time, these components can wear down and become wasteful. Taking the time to bolster up your insulation can eliminate this problem and improve overall efficiency.  

Implement Controls

Another way to reduce your energy consumption is to install controls like a programmable thermostat, demand and occupancy sensors, and timing automation systems. These allow for you to tailor your preferences, keep your system running efficiently behind the scenes, and ultimately keep you from heating or cooling your place when it’s not necessary.  

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Though, admittedly, this can be a costly renovation, replacing your old windows with more energy-efficient ones can lead to huge energy and, therefore, money savings. If a total overhaul isn’t feasible, consider installing window film, caulking, and cleaning. This can stop leaks and harness the power of solar heat.

Get an HVAC Energy Audit

Before you go about making big changes and improvements, it’s essential to first have a professional come and identify inefficiencies. During this evaluation, an HVAC contractor will take a comprehensive look at your system and offer suggestions for improvements. At Apec Inc., we help you calculate your energy usage and costs and then determine how much you could save through suggested improvements. Ready to schedule an energy audit? Contact us today!

Finding ways to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system not only helps in reducing our overall energy consumption, but it also helps keep money in your pocket. To maximize your efficiency, keep these suggestions in mind. If you need help performing these tasks or maximizing the efficiency of your HVAC system, contact Apec Inc. From energy audits to HVAC installation to solar installation, we take pride in improving your comfort and safety and the efficiency of your home.