Your HVAC system is one of the most important systems in your home. A working HVAC system can prevent emergencies during the hot months of summer and the cold months of winter. An efficient HVAC system can save you money. And an HVAC system that controls air quality to make it better can keep your respiratory system strong.
There are three traditional components of an HVAC system. The acronym itself stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. This article covers those three components, with an emphasis on saving money through efficient use of energy.
Heating is the first component of an HVAC system. Heating refers to the use of an appliance to heat the rooms in your home. It also heats water. The heating appliance is often a furnace that uses natural gas. A gas furnace can either cost you or save you money.
Furnaces typically last 15 to 18 years. While older models can have as low as a 78% efficiency rating, newer models can have up to a 98% efficiency rating. This is important, as 57% of American homes use gas as a heating source. And doubly important because heating and cooling systems combine for 48% of a home’s total energy cost. This makes an efficient heating system that much more important for saving money.
General contractor services can help you install a new heating system if your old one is defunct or malfunctioning. The decision is entirely yours as to what model to go with, but dedicated professionals may have recommendations of their own. Many general contractor services can specialize in specific systems, such as boiler installation or furnace repair. Always research before choosing one to avoid less competent workers.
The cooling system is another part of the HVAC system and is of vital importance, especially in the southern climates where summer equals heat and humidity. Two-thirds of all homes in America have air-conditioning, and it costs homeowners more than $11 billion per year.
Saving money is possible with your air-conditioning system as well. Higher efficiency air conditioners can save you up to 50% of your energy costs when using your air conditioner. Newer technology has allowed for improved performance of air conditioners. If you believe you can save money with a new model and want to make the investment, general contractor services can offer air conditioning unit installation.
A key part that can go unrecognized in the HVAC system is ventilation. Poor ventilation can lead to dust and allergens floating through your air. This kind of poor air quality can lead to cold and illness, causing unpleasant days at work or at school. Ducts, a part of the ventilation system, play a strong role in energy costs.
Traditional ductwork can have cooling losses as high as 40%.
General contractor services can answer any questions you may have about your system and provide recommendations on your best option if you wish to replace.