As temperatures start to rise, so does the demand for air conditioning. Unfortunately, this increased demand can lead to higher energy bills. However, there are ways to reduce your HVAC energy consumption and save money on your monthly utility bills. Check out these tips below! This blog post will discuss reducing your HVAC energy consumption and saving money on your utility bills.
HVAC efficiency is the most effective way to decrease the overall energy consumption of a single entity, like a commercial building or home. By choosing equipment with a higher degree of possible efficiency and properly maintaining it, HVAC usage can be significantly reduced. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), yearly HVAC maintenance may save businesses and homeowners up to 30% on their energy expenses.
High SEER Rating HVAC
A high seasonal energy efficiency rating HVAC system is worth it because it can help save your monthly energy costs. A high SEER rating means the air conditioner uses less energy to cool your home, resulting in significant savings on your electric bill. In addition, newer HVAC systems are more likely to be Energy Star certified, which means they meet strict energy efficiency standards established by the government.
HVAC Consumption in Commercial Buildings
Depending on the sort of company and the size of the structure, a commercial building can consume a substantial quantity of power. The average office building spends $30,000 per year on energy costs, using up to 50 kWh/square foot. Commercial buildings with high energy use are found in the healthcare and foodservice or food sales sectors.
HVAC energy consumption is a significant factor in the overall energy use of commercial buildings. By taking steps to optimize HVAC efficiency, facility managers can reduce their energy costs significantly. Strategies such as reducing peak demand charges and staggering unit times of operation can effectively minimize HVAC energy consumption.
Sealing HVAC Ductwork
Sealing HVAC ductwork can help reduce the energy needed to heat and cool a building. It is because it aids in preventing air from leaking out of ducts, which might cause the system to work harder than necessary. Additionally, a well-sealed duct system may allow you to reduce the size of your heating and cooling installation by lowering your equipment needs. To seal your HVAC ductwork, you will first need to clean the ducts to remove accumulated dirt, debris, and contaminants. Next, you will need to determine if there are any leaks in the system by testing it for air leakage.
Cleaning HVAC Coils
HVAC coils need to be cleaned regularly to maintain peak performance and energy efficiency. A dirty coil can decrease the cooling capacity and increase the compressor energy consumption by 30 percent. By cleaning the coils, you can improve the airflow across the coil and reduce the pressure drop.
Cleaning Air Duct
When air ducts are dirty, the system has to work harder to push air through the obstruction, causing the system to use more energy and costing you more money. Cleaning the air ducts removes the obstacle, allowing the system to flow more freely and use less energy.
Have you tried any of the tips we shared in this post to reduce your HVAC energy consumption? We would love to hear about your successes (and failures) in the comments below. And if you are looking for more ways to green up your home, check out our other blog posts.