With skyrocketing energy costs, it is just good sense for homeowners and business owners to get the best energy efficiency from their HVAC system.
While an older, outdated home heating system may need replacing with a state-of-the-art energy star system, many other existing systems can yield better energy efficient heating with regular HVAC maintenance. As well as routine HVAC cleaning, to insure units are in peak operating condition.
There are two ways to insure optimum savings when it comes to an energy efficient heating system:
A good preventative maintenance program includes an annual inspection by an HVAC technician, performing the following checklist:
Installing a replacement thermostat may be the best solution for the above problem. A programmable thermostat automatically lowers room temperature when the building is unoccupied, and raises temperature during times of use. A digital thermostat also keeps ambient room temperature even, with little or no fluctuation. This translates into considerable energy savings!
It is also a good idea to “test run” the heating and air conditioning components well before each heating or cooling season. In the event of a problem, this allows ample time to schedule HVAC troubleshooting and necessary HVAC repair.
A common newer HVAC system provides heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for the entire building (hence the abbreviation HVAC). However, some buildings, especially older ones, may have a stand alone air conditioning unit as part of the overall heating and air conditioning system.
The same guidelines for preventative maintenance hold true for cooling systems, to avoid costly air conditioning repair or reduced energy efficiency:
Alternative heating sources such as geothermal heat, solar heat, pellet or wood stoves, and fireplaces can all substantially reduce heating and energy costs.
Whether retro-fitting the HVAC unit or undertaking a new installation in a home or business, careful consideration and implementation of these heat sources into the overall HVAC design can save money in the long run. And with regular attention to the heating system in your home maintenance program, you can enjoy cost-effective heat for many years to come.
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