Replacing an old HVAC system with a newer system is without a doubt the best way of controlling HVAC costs. However, it is not the only technique. There are many other cost-cutting measures which do not require significant capital investments. The following are four ways of controlling heating and cooling costs at home:
i) Make use of Outdoor Air
In buildings with a large number of people, such as schools and theaters, HVAC costs can be reduced by introducing cool air from outside into the building. This can provide free cooling in the establishment. However, it will only work if outdoor air is significantly cooler than indoor air.
ii) Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
Heating and cooling systems can be setback a few degrees to reduce energy consumption when the demand for heating or cooling is low. For instance, the heating system can be turned down at night because the blanket will provide sufficient warmth to the occupants of the house when sleeping. During the day, when everyone is either in school or at work, the entire system can be shut down or setback since nobody will be in the house. To reduce your HVAC costs, invest in a programmable thermostat and have it installed by a professional.
iii) Demand Controls on Fans
Fan motors in HVAC systems are always running, which means they consume a lot of energy. By installing demand controls for these fans, your system will consume less energy. When the demand on the system is low, the speed of the fan will reduce. On the other hand, the speed will increase when demand is high. This will help reduce your energy bill.
iv) Install High-Efficiency Filters
Consider buying an energy efficient filter for your air handler. The ideal filter should have a low pressure drop when air is passing through and be able to capture dirt more efficiently. This will help to reduce the load on the fan and coil of the air handler.
Controlling HVAC costs should not be a costly endeavor. By implementing these simple measures, you will be able to reduce your monthly energy bill considerably. Follow us for more articles that will keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently.