Your house’s HVAC system is arguably one of the most important systems in your home. Not only does it keep you comfortable, it helps keep your family safe and healthy. Here are a few good things to know about your system.
HVAC Fact #1: There are Different Types of Systems
Not all HVAC systems work the same. For example, it’s common to find evaporative coolers in dry climates such as the southwest United States. These draw in air from outside, pass it through water-saturated pods, then push the air into your home. The moist, cool air cools down your home and usually requires much less electricity than other types of units.
Another example is heat pumps. A heat pump is a type of unit that both heats and cools your home. This is different from a furnace and air conditioner combination, where the furnace does the heating and has a fan and the air conditioner provides the cold air.
Every type of unit has its pros and cons, so research your options and ask your technician what they recommend.
HVAC Fact #2: The Benefit of Variable Speed Units
Some units are built to have either two modes: on or off. The fan is either blowing or it’s sitting still. Variable speed technology is different – just like it sounds, the fan can operate at different speeds depending on how much heating or cooling is being done.
Over the long term, these units save owners a lot of money on electricity. The department of energy estimates that a fan running continuously at half speed may use up to 75% less power than a single stage motor moving the same amount of air.
How would you like to cut down on your system’s electricity requirement by 75%?
HVAC Fact #3: You Need to Replace Filters Regularly
If you’ve owned a home for a while, this may not be news to you. But if you’re new to owning a home or just haven’t prioritized replacing your filters regularly, hopefully this spurs you to action.
There are a few reasons why you need to replace filters on a consistent basis.
- Cleaner air – Who doesn’t want to be breathing in less dust, pollen, or pet dander?
- System works better – Air moves through clean filters more easily than dirty ones
- Save money – Because the system works better, it uses less power and will last longer
Something else to keep in mind is that the better the filter, the more often it has to be replaced. That’s because it catches more dust and clogs up faster than a cheaper, less effective filter.
HVAC Fact #4: The Optimum Settings for Summer and Winter
It’s often recommended you keep your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter. As you move further away from that – for example making it cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter – your energy costs start going up more quickly.
Does this mean you have to keep it at these temperatures all day long? Of course not – some people love their home being very cold at night, so they’ll turn it down into the 60s even in the summer.
But if you are trying to cut down on your power bills, consider trying out these settings for a few weeks.
There’s a lot that goes into buying, selling or owning a home. If you have any questions, give us a call at 949-392-6400. We look forward to hearing from you.