Energy efficiency shouldn’t be a big mystery.
Everyone is hoping to increase their energy efficiency as we move further into the 21st century, but it shouldn’t be a big mystery. With that being said, how can you really tell if your heating system is running efficiently? Heating and air conditioning are, after all, not only one of our biggest expenses, but also one of our biggest sources of energy consumption.
Here are some tips for giving your HVAC energy efficiency a boost:
Find Noted Efficiency
Every heating system is rated for its energy efficiency based on the SEER rating, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the energy efficiency. Investing in a system that is 90% efficient is the best thing you can do to reduce your energy consumption.
Age Is More Than a Number
The age of your heating system is an important indicator in how efficient it is. The older the unit, the less efficient it’s going to be. If your system is less than 15 years old, you are probably within an acceptable range as far as its energy use goes. Anything older than that and you can be sure the efficiency has dropped significantly over time.
Comfort Levels Are Truth Tellers
A simple way to judge the efficiency of your heating system is to simply be in your house. Do you notice temperature fluctuations? Do you have a hard time keeping your home comfortable? Do you find you have to adjust your thermostat in order to maintain the desired temperature? If any of these are true, it’s likely your system isn’t operating at its most effective or efficient.
As heating systems age they break down and in addition to having a harder time keeping up with demand they also take more energy to do what they used to do with ease.
If any of the above is raising red flags when it comes to your furnace or heat system, it’s time to take a look at upgrading your unit. To find options for increasing your energy efficiency, contact our expert team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling by calling 336-768-2703 or by clicking here.