What Makes An HVAC Energy Efficient?

What Makes An HVAC Energy Efficient?

Energy efficiency is the first thing buyers search for in appliances, devices, and equipment. HVAC systems, which most likely account for a sizable amount of your home’s energy bills, are no different. An HVAC system’s energy efficiency depends on several factors. The type of system you have and how well it is maintained can impact how energy-efficient it is. As a result, even minor modifications to an existing system can help it become more energy efficient.

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Boost Your Energy Efficiency With A New System

For many homeowners who have outdated systems or plan to stay in the home for a long time, installing a brand-new energy-efficient system with energy-efficient HVAC ductwork is most beneficial. When considering which unit to buy, check for energy-efficient models that have earned the Energy Star certification and units that have high SEER ratings. The greater the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient your HVAC ducting is.

Retrofit Your Old HVAC System 

For large, energy-intensive systems that have received regular maintenance throughout their lifespan, retrofitting is a fantastic alternative to investing in a whole new system. To take advantage of the cold air outside, upgrade the system’s compressor, add condenser fan controls, and install air-side economizers for an energy-efficient boost in your system’s performance.

Regularly Change Your Filters

The primary purpose of your HVAC system’s air filter is to filter dust, dirt, and debris from the air in your home. As the filter gets increasingly congested, the system has to work harder to effectively perform its function, using more energy and increasing your utility costs. Regularly changing your air filters will make your HVAC system function smoother and more efficiently, saving you from costs associated with repairs and rising energy bills.

Programmable Thermostats And Controls

Energy-efficient HVAC systems with programmable thermostats and controls can help boost your home’s efficiency. These systems automatically control temperatures, allowing them to adjust according to the time of day while reducing some of the strain placed on your HVAC system. Your utility usage and costs can be significantly reduced by making small adjustments to the thermostat throughout the day while no one is home.


Your home’s ductwork is essential to your HVAC system, helping distribute air evenly. Because of this, you must select the right size of ductwork for your home and its heating/cooling needs. Beyond size, other factors that impact how the air moves through the system include the ducting’s shape, number of bends, and general design. To guarantee that air flows seamlessly and efficiently, ensure that none of the air vents or ducts are blocked by furniture or drapes.

System Size Matters

System size does play a significant role when selecting the most energy-efficient HVAC system for your home and family’s needs. A system that is too small for your home will have to work more to cool or heat the different areas of your home. On the other hand, a system that is too large could generate too much energy. To choose the optimal size HVAC unit for your home, consult a qualified HVAC professional who can help guide you toward a unit perfect for your needs.

Contact Us For Help Ensuring Your HVAC Is Energy Efficient

Installing an energy-efficient HVAC system is one of the best investments you can have in your home. For HVAC installation, maintenance, or heating repair, call us first. We are The Otter Guys, providing the Charlottesville, VA, area with HVAC service and solutions like no “Otter!” Don’t let your home and family suffer from an outdated or malfunctioning HVAC system. Contact us now, and we will gladly get one of our trained and professional technicians out to you. Call now!

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