Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

4 Ways Beginners Can Optimize Residential Air Conditioning Units

Aaron Kennedy

Air conditioning in most cities is a pricey luxury that most residential homeowners cannot afford if left unchecked. Cooling and heating can consume almost half of a home's energy requirements. Therefore, homeowners must be alive to this fact and try to reduce energy usage for cooling.  This article gives a quick primer on keeping your home cool while staying within a budget.

British Thermal Unit (BTU) -- An air conditioner that produces more BTUs has more cooling power than a low-yielding unit. However, the biggest problem is that most homeowners do not know how many BTUs are required to cool their homes. An HVAC contractor can advise you on the amount of cooling needed for your space. The expert can estimate the cooling requirements of your home by taking measurements such as the length and width of rooms. Armed with this information, you can go ahead and buy an ideal AC unit. Note that an oversize unit can cool a space faster without removing humidity, which leaves interior spaces uncomfortable. Besides, an under powered AC will cause the rooms to heat up.

Energy Efficient Unit -- Most AC units are energy hogs that lead to high expenditure on electricity bills. Nowadays, savvy users will opt for energy efficient units that have individual energy rating certification. An HVAC professional will recommend that you go for AC devices that have high energy efficiency ratio (EER). A high EER value of 10, for example, implies that the unit consumes less power compared to a low EER of 5. Most importantly, units with a high EER place the compressor in standby mode to conserve energy when not in use.

Installation of Programmable Thermostat -- Another critical energy saving area that an HVAC contractor can come in handy is the installation of thermostats to regulate the power consumption of your central AC system. A thermostat can be adjusted to reduce cooling needs when nobody is in the house or when everybody is deep asleep. The thermostat can be programmed to turn the AC on and off as required. Sometimes, the programmable thermostat can be incorporated with other smart devices such as your smart phone for remote access and control. Such synchronization ensures efficiency, cost-saving, and convenience on the part of occupants. 

Replace HVAC Air Filters -- Over time, dirt and debris accumulate in the air filters leading to the sub-par performance of your AC unit. When the filters are clogged, hot and moist air will not flow into the system efficiently. Nonetheless, An AC unit technician can clean the air filters or replace them if dirt build up has damaged them. The result will be an optimal AC system that saves you money in the long run.  


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Installing and Maintaining an HVAC System

Hello there, welcome to my blog. My name is Andrew and this blog is going to be about how to install and maintain HVAC systems. When I purchased a new office space in downtown Perth, I didn't have the first idea about HVAC systems. I knew that I would need one, as I couldn't expect my staff to work away in the heat of an Australian summer without any air conditioning. I contacted an HVAC contractor who advised me on the best type of system to install. He also gave me some top tips on how I could keep the HVAC system in good condition.