Projections show that the global HVAC services market will reach a value of $82.5 billion by 2026.
HVAC systems can help make your home far more comfortable in both the summer and the winter. One downside is that they can take a lot of energy if not used right. There are various things you can do to improve your HVAC efficiency, reducing your bills and making your system last longer.
1. Adjust Your Thermostat
Some people keep their thermostat at the same setting all year round, but this isn’t the most efficient method. You should actually have it a little higher in the summer, and a little lower in the winter. Changing your temperature setting by about 5 or 6 degrees will reduce the strain on your HVAC system, helping to lower your bills.
2. Make Use of Curtains and Blinds
Curtains and blinds don’t just block out light, but also heat. On hot days keeping your curtains shut will help keep your house cooler, and in winter you can leave them open to allow more sunlight in.
This will help keep the temperature of your home more stable.
3. Seal Air Leaks
An efficient HVAC can end up wasting a lot of energy if there are gaps in your ductwork. Large leaks can let out a lot of air and are usually quite easy to find yourself. Small leaks can be harder to spot, so you should have your ductwork checked by a professional every now and then.
4. Insulate Your Home
If your home isn’t properly insulated it will reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC system. You’ll end up using more energy heating your home in the winter, and cooling it in the summer.
You can install insulation inside walls, ceilings, and under floors. Energy-efficient windows will also help maintain a comfortable temperature.
5. Unblock Indoor Vents
You may have various vents around your home, and if these are blocked it will affect your HVAC system. Make sure there’s no furniture or other objects that are interfering with airflow.
Your filter can also get blocked up after a while with dust and other particles. You’ll need to change it regularly – this may be more often if you have pets as their fur can cause blockages. Maintaining a clean filter will also be beneficial to your family’s health, as the job of the filter is to remove contaminants from the air in your home.
6. Regular Preventative Maintenance
There are various types of HVAC systems, and they all need to be looked after. Many HVAC components will degrade with time, but routine maintenance can help make parts last longer.
When inspecting your system, a technician will be able to make sure everything is working properly, and can often tell you if any of your HVAC parts are close to failure. Getting parts fixed or replaced before they fail will make sure your whole system doesn’t stop working unexpectedly.
7. Use a Fan
Many people rely entirely on their HVAC systems to cool their homes in the summer, but you can make it far more efficient with small changes. A ceiling fan will help to circulate air and reduce the strain on your HVAC system while using very little energy.
Improved HVAC Efficiency
Improving your HVAC efficiency can help improve the life of your system while saving you money. Making good use of curtains/blinds, adjusting your thermostat, and keeping vents unblocked are all easily done and will improve the efficiency of your system.
Keeping your HVAC well maintained is always beneficial, both in keeping it efficient, and making sure it’s always working. Murphy’s Home Services can carry out expert maintenance on your HVAC system to help you keep your home comfortable.
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