February 28, 2021
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, also known as HVAC systems, combines all climate and temperature control in one package. Not only that, but any facility size can benefit from one or two systems, according to how big the place is. In short, it can improve the air and temperature of a room of any size, either for work or for your home. That said, HVAC systems are not cheap.
In fact, you're going to spend a significant amount of money to have an efficient HVAC system. Not only that, but HVAC systems won't work properly for a long time if you don't take care of them regularly. Stuff, like regular maintenance, cleaning, etc., is needed for it to last longer and with that alone, you could save money.
Hence, HVACs are not that cost-effective if you don't take care of them properly. But how will you make them more efficient? Here are some tips on how to make your HVAC system be more cost-effective with little effort.
Let's start with the obvious. Yes, the obvious one, and the most important one too. Without proper maintenance and upkeep, your HVAC systems would be in disarray earlier than expected, which is a real waste of money if you think about it. Even if it's a modern model with a lot of features, it still needs proper maintenance, or it'll end up in the trash.
Many people think that merely changing the air filters is enough to be called "proper maintenance." That's wrong. There are many things you also have to take care of other than just the air filter.
Use Fans to Distribute Air
Hot air rises, especially during the summer, where there is a lot of heat around. This means that the hot air will accumulate inside a room and stagnate, which causes your AC to expend more energy towards cooling the place. On the other hand, hot air will continue to be distributed during the winter, even in a place where you don't spend that much time.
That said, you would want to get that air moving for it to be distributed properly and the best way to do that is to install fans to reduce the amount of energy your AC uses.
However, there are two things you need to remember when using fans. The first is that fans will only create a cooling sensation on the human skin but don't really cool down rooms. That said, never turn on a fan in a room that isn't really important, or you don't spend much time in.
The next thing is that during the winter, you can leave your fans running at low speed so they can distribute the hot air more effectively. The fans will collect the hot air and reduce the energy expenditure of your AC.
Try a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a huge help when you want to make your HVAC more efficient and reduce bills. That said, reducing the temperature by a few degrees will make a huge difference in your energy expenditure and bills in the long run. Not only that, but there are also automated thermostats that analyze your household's habits and adjust accordingly.
One good example of this is that automated thermostats will figure out when and where you will need less warmth, and so it will adjust based on the situation. You can also manually make a schedule with your thermostat to be adjusted based on a specific day. The best thing about all of this is that your newer thermostats have their own mobile apps, so you can control them anytime and anywhere.
Reduce Your Load Capacity
If you're having problems with your establishment's load capacity, there are some ways for you to reduce it. The first thing you have to do is make your building envelope tighter instead of wasting further energy expenditure. Another good example is to take a look at your lighting systems. Lighting systems could generate heat, which constantly increases your load capacity. That said, you can invest in energy-efficient lighting like LED lights.
Not only light, though, as there is a lot of equipment you can typically see in an office generate a lot of heat. Of course, to combat this, you can cut off these devices' usage by powering them down when not in use. Or you could also tinker with the HVAC's system to also power down when not in use or to maintain a steady temperature throughout the day to stabilize its energy expenditure.
Although HVACs are helpful both in a residential and commercial setting, they can be costly, depending on how big the place is. That being said, it's a reason for you to make it more cost-effective by following the tips mentioned above. These tips will help you make your HVAC more effective while also reducing its energy expenditure, ultimately reducing your bills.
Margaret spent a great deal of time overseas growing up, as a child in a military family. When her family returned to the US to live, she was surprised by the consumerism. She began to notice the wastefulness in society, and it made her concerned about the impact that had on the environment. Years later, she has become a freelance writer who works hard to educate people about saving energy, recycling, etc, and the environmental (and financial) benefits. She lives with her bulldog, Ceasar, and his many toys and bones, taking over her apartment.