Are You Sure Your System Is Running Right?
With an enduring heatwave threatening to make this summer one of the hottest on record, few thoughts are as regular (or intrusive) as energy efficiency.
The idea is downright pervasive. Rightly so. You care about your daily routine – how it might negatively impact the place you live and the bills you pay. In fact, like many of us, you’ve probably made it a painstaking point to reduce your impact on both in recent years.
But how are you supposed to know if your appliances are on that mission with you?
Identifying the five telltale signs of HVAC energy efficiency is a good start.
Energy Star Certification: Energy Star is a government-backed program that evaluates products on a stringent set of core energy efficiency standards. An Energy Star-certified HVAC system guarantees superior performance and efficiency, ensuring the equipment meets or exceeds industry standards, consumes less energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. For that shot of confidence, just look for the Energy Star label on your unit!
High SEER Rating: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios measure the cooling efficiency of an air conditioner or heat pump. And newer systems typically have higher SEER ratings, meaning they use less energy to provide the same cooling output as older, less efficient models. So, whether you’re upgrading or just having a look at your current unit, use a SEER Rating of 16 or higher as the benchmark for reduced energy consumption and lower cooling costs.
Smart Thermostat Compatibility: We know you probably have more smart devices than you can shake a stick at… and we know what you’re thinking. But this one will help out where it really matters: Keeping your pocketbook padded. See, smart thermostats allow you to set temperature schedules and adjust settings remotely. And by programming your system to reduce output when you're away or asleep, you reduce unnecessary energy usage. Some can even learn your preferences and adjust settings automatically for maximum efficiency!
Properly Sized System: They say “bigger is better!” But not for the environment, and certainly not when it comes to your utility bill. In fact, an oversized HVAC system will often short cycle, turning on and off frequently, wasting energy and causing unnecessary wear and tear. Of course, if you go too small, the system will struggle to meet desired temperatures, leading to increased energy consumption. Consulting with an HVAC professional to determine the right-sized system for your home or business will ensure optimal efficiency and comfort.
Regular Maintenance: We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… Regular maintenance is hands down the best thing you can do to keep your system efficient. Scheduled tune-ups, filter replacements, and cleaning all but guarantee peak performance, with the added benefit of extending the unit lifespan of your system and avoiding costly repairs.
So, how do you stack up? Is regular maintenance already on your seasonal checklist? Do you need details on a smart thermostat or new, properly sized AC unit? Do you just need someone to help you find the Energy Star label and SEER Rating on the unit you already own?
You’re busy. But that doesn’t stop you from working to save money or the planet – because you care.
And at Climate Care, care is what we do. So, don’t wait until your system is inefficient or out of order.
Call 209-886-4343 today to schedule a tune up (now $59 with free washable filter). And don't forget to ask about our regular maintenance program!