Can Energy Efficient HVAC Systems Reduce Your Utility Bill?

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Energy efficient HVAC systems can absolutely reduce your utility bill – both immediately and over time, as well as greatly reduce maintenance costs. The technology that is being used in modern HVAC systems is geared towards smart energy use, lowering energy bills, and maintaining the temperature in the home in such a way that the HVAC systems turn on less frequently. There’s a lot to like about energy efficient HVAC systems and installing one in your home makes a lot of sense when it comes to saving money. Here’s a look at how these systems save you money on your utility bill.

Fewer Repairs Means More Savings

Older HVAC systems are designed to work for decades, but they use older technology for their operation. Non-smart thermostats have a temperature sensor that turns on the AC or heat once the temperature in the room drops below a certain point. This causes the HVAC units to turn on more frequently and for longer than needed. In turn, more wear and tear is put on the units which results in parts breaking down sooner than later. 

Modern HVAC systems are programmed for nuance when turning the heat on and off. They turn the units on and off at precise temperature points as well as cycling the units less frequently. This extends the life of the unit which results in fewer repairs.

Reduced Heat Loss for Better Heating

Boilers and furnaces have a rating known as annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This rating shows how much heat the furnace sends into the house versus how much is lost through the chimney. Older gas furnaces can have AFUE ratings as low as 70 percent while newer models can reach 90 percent. Electric furnaces have ratings as high as 100 percent because there is no chimney to account for heat loss. 

A furnace with a high AFUE rating sends more heat into the home which saves on overall energy costs. In turn, the furnace cycles less frequently because the home stays warmer for longer, also saving you money. 

More Control Over Heating and Cooling

Smart thermostats and energy efficient HVAC systems go hand-in-hand. However, you might be a little intimidated by the thought of programming a smart thermostat. Don’t be. Smart thermostats are designed for intuitive use and simple programming features. It’s true there are many features on smart thermostats that help reduce overall energy costs, but if you’re not comfortable using them, you can still take advantage of the thermostat’s ability to reduce energy consumption. You can do this by fine tuning the times the system runs and at what temperatures, and making sure the time is set properly for night and day operation.

Energy efficient systems are major improvements over their older counterparts, and aren’t expensive. The smart technology used in HVAC systems are becoming industry standards and used at all levels of manufacture. Your home will be more comfortable and the energy savings, not to mention utility savings, are immediate. At Appalachian Refrigeration, Heating & Cooling, we can help provide more strategies for saving on your utility bill.

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