Optimizing HVAC Efficiency and Performance

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Ben Franklin once said that “a penny saved is a penny earned.” This means that if the goal is to have a penny, you can go work for more, or you can simply not spend that penny you already have. Either way you have a penny. At Jake’s Heating & Cooling, we aren’t going to give you money, but we can help you save what you already have - which is the same thing - by maximizing your HVAC efficiency and performance.

HVAC performance will affect the efficiency for sure, but let’s look at some ways your system can operate to give you the highest quality production. Here are common problems and their common solutions:

  • Insufficient Heating or Cooling
    • Ensure air flow is optimized
    • Check the settings and batteries of the thermostat
    • Call your HVAC service provider for a check up or tune up
  • Weak Airflow
    • Clean the Condensing Unit and remove debris
    • Change air filters regularly
    • Listen to the blower for sounds of distress
    • Examine the ductwork and vents for obstructions
  • Uneven Heating and Cooling
    • Make sure vents are open and uncovered by furniture or other obstructions in all rooms.
    • Clear ductwork and clean vent covers
    • Fix any air leaks
    • Consider a ductless heat pump that targets areas of the home
  • Poor Air Quality
    • Change air filters or upgrade the quality (See our blog on different types of air filters)
    • Install quality, well-placed smoke and carbon dioxide detectors
    • Treat the home and remove sources for mold and mildew
    • Contact your HVAC service provider for air quality tests

HVAC Efficiency will require that the system runs properly, functioning at its optimal performance. A faulty blower, an obstructed duct, a weak coolant level, and many more factors will affect HVAC efficiency. This can cost you money and use resources unnecessarily. Here are some common problems and common solutions:

  • Component failures
    • Reduce the running time of the system
    • Contact a service provider to check for sources of system stress
    • Maximize air flow to the system by removing debris and other obstructions from the intake components
  • Excessive Running Time
    • Schedule a tune up for coolant and other potential problems
    • Stop leaks from doorways, windows, chimneys, etc.
    • Manage sunlight to use or restrict heat
    • Check the thermostat for settings and proper function
  • High Energy Bills
    • Adjust the thermostat to raise the temperature in the summer and lower the temperature in the winter
    • Invest in maintenance to keep the HVAC efficiency optimum and the system free from costly repairs or replacement
    • Replace an older system with a newer one that is more efficient and has money saving features.

Like many areas of life, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” (also Ben Franklin). So doing what you can to improve the HVAC efficiency and performance will not only save you money on energy bills but also the cost of repairs and replacement of the system. Everything from changing the filter and opening the blinds for the sunlight to heat a room, there are small things you can do. For an even greater return on investment, getting a higher efficiency system can save you even more.

Contact Jake’s Heating & Cooling to discuss check ups, tune ups, scheduled maintenance, repairs, and installations. We have service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we’ve got you covered. We’re proud of our growth and awards, but it means nothing without you and the wellbeing of your household. We know we have the experience, training, resources, and customer care to be your home for HVAC service. Give us a chance to earn your business!

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