Savings with HVAC Efficiency ControlsPublished on: March 1, 2013
For most homeowners, half or more of your electricity bills are related to heating and cooling your home. This means that improving your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system’s efficiency can lead to huge savings on household energy expenses. Even if you have HVAC equipment that includes highly efficient heating and cooling components, your system may still be wasting energy. In addition to energy efficient HVAC equipment, you should also look into energy savings with HVAC efficiency controls.
Two of the most popular efficiency controls for HVAC systems are HVAC zoning and programmable thermostats. HVAC zoning eliminates wasted energy from cooling and heating rooms that you are not using. Programmable thermostats reduce your energy use by only heating and cooling your home when people are there to take advantage of it. These systems can be installed on top of almost any heating and cooling system, and they can dramatically lower costs associated with your HVAC system.
HVAC zoning addresses two common issues in HVAC systems. Many homes have areas that do not achieve the same temperature as the rest of the house. This can be due to poor insulation, very large windows or the room positioned at the end of the duct line. When you have an HVAC zoning system installed in your home, dampers are placed into your air ducts. These dampers open and close, adjusting the flow of air through your ducts.
Doing so regulates the temperature throughout your home. Dampers also allow you to only heat and cool rooms in your home that are regularly used. Guest rooms and offices that are not normally occupied do not need to be kept comfortable. With HVAC zoning, you can select where you want heated and cooled air to be delivered throughout your home.
Programmable thermostats are another very popular option for improving the efficiency of HVAC systems. Though they have been around for several years, recent models have a number of new features. Programmable thermostats allow you to set the times of day that you want your home to be heated or cooled. This means that your AC or heater does not run when you are away from home during the day. Newer units allow you to set different times for different days. For example, you can set heating and cooling schedules for weekend days that are different than those for weekdays.
Some of the most recent and advanced programmable thermostats even allow you to remotely change your HVAC settings. This is usually done through a wireless connection and a smart phone or a tablet. Since most people are away from home between 8 and 10 hours a day, running your HVAC system only when you are home can lead to tremendous savings.