Full HVAC Upgrade For Energy Efficiency
Completing a full HVAC upgrade is an effective way to improve energy efficiency in a new home. With heating and cooling systems accounting for approximately 25 percent of a building’s energy use, an overhaul can significantly reduce utility costs and lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Benefits of Energy Efficient HVAC Systems
- You’ll have lower monthly utility bills – As fuel costs go up, and as energy supplies dwindle and production costs and demand rise, the cost of electricity and gas are bound to go up. New air conditioning and heating equipment is steadily getting more efficient. When you combine the efficiency of a new air conditioning and heating system (using up to 50% less electricity or fuel), you can save a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.
- There are many rebates and tax incentives –
When adding the new air conditioning and heating equipment to your home you may qualify for rebates and tax credits offers from the manufacturers.
- Energy efficient units will add to increase the comfort to the home – Do you currently have hot spots in your home in the summer and cold ones during the winter months? Does your oversized A/C turn on and off quickly, but leave the air in your rooms feeling damp? Your new system will deliver more comfort to your home. Why? An HVAC system with too much capacity cycles on and off too quickly, which doesn’t allow time to adequately “condition” the air. Also, if your system was undersized (or has leaking ducts) it will often not heat or cool adequately overall or in certain areas.
- These units have a greater reliability –
Equipment breakdowns of older units tend to occur during the time of heaviest usage—on the hottest or coldest days when you need air conditioning or heating the most. It is better to plan ahead than to have to compete with other HVAC customers when they also need service from your HVAC contractor.
- The units are quieter – Both the outside components and indoor air handlers have gotten quieter in the past few years. With quieter new equipment, you can enjoy the inside areas nearest your air handler.
- The units are environmentally-friendly – If the payback period from a financial point of view will take longer than you expected, consider this: diverting your monthly spending from higher energy and repair costs to new equipment helps save fossil fuels and slow CO2 emissions. Though difficult to place a specific dollar amount upon, it makes sense to consider this benefit.
Proper Ventilation For Energy Efficiency
Energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is the energy recovery process of exchanging the energy contained in normally exhausted building or space air and using it to treat (precondition) the incoming outdoor ventilation air in residential and commercial HVAC systems. During the warmer seasons, the system pre-cools and dehumidifies while humidifying and pre-heating in the cooler seasons. The benefit of using energy recovery is the ability to meet current ventilation & energy standards, while improving indoor air quality and reducing total HVAC equipment capacity.
This technology, as expected, has not only demonstrated an effective means of reducing energy cost and heating and cooling loads, but has allowed for the scaling down of equipment. Additionally, this system will allow for the indoor environment to maintain a relative humidity of an appealing 40% to 50% range. This range can be maintained under essentially all conditions.