As the owner of Velocity Air Conditioning Inc., a certified, licensed and insured firm serving the heating and air needs of the greater Tampa Bay area, William Snyder talks here about ways to maximize the efficiency of your home HVAC system and and save money at the same time.
When it comes to saving on your energy bills it’s important that you use higher energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. The best way to increase the efficiency of your home HVAC system is to replace your equipment with new one. Newer heating and air conditioning equipment is now known to be 40 percent more efficient overall than it was just five years ago.
New Puron Refrigerant
One reason for this is that new equipment has been changing the type of refrigerant used in all cooling systems which is a new way of doing things that began in 2010. Freon is now being eliminated 100 percent from all new cooling systems. That is because it is not considered to be environmentally friendly. Starting this year, they eliminated all equipment manufactured with Freon, and the production of Freon to refill old systems will be totally eliminated in the year 2020.
A new refrigerant called Puron is what every manufacturer is using today. The biggest difference is that if it gets released into the atmosphere, it will not destroy the ozone layer, which is the problem with the old Freon. The new Puron refrigerant is being used both in home air conditioning units and in light commercial ones, and is also more efficient and is becoming less costly than Freon used to be.
On the other hand, a lot of energy is wasted through the duct systems in older homes. The ducts are not sealed properly and therefore they can leak attic air into the system and leak conditioned air into the attic. This causes the system to work twice as hard as it has to in order to heat and cool your home. It also shortens the lifespan of the equipment. With this in mind, our top tips for increasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems in your home would be:
1. Change your heating and air conditioning filters monthly.
2. Get a new system that uses Puron instead of Freon.
3. Get a technician out to make sure that all the ducts are sealed properly.
4. Upgrade your windows and doors to more energy-efficient ones, and to make sure there are no leaks.
5. Make sure you have the proper amount of insulation, keeping in mind that there should be an R30 rating in all attics.
6. Make sure you have a programmable thermostat that allows you to raise the temperature in the house when you’re not home, and that will automatically reset to a comfortable temperature before you get back home. You can save a lot on your utility bills by doing that. This is especially important in a climate such as the hot one here in Memphis.
Nobody wants to spend a bundle on heating and cooling bills. By following these useful tips, upgrading your equipment, and relying on Puron refrigerant rather than Freon, you are doing your best to both help the environment and save on energy bills. At Velocity Air Conditioning Inc., we specialize in maintaining, repairing and replacing residential air conditioning units in the greater Tampa Bay Area. Give us a call today at 727-265-2300 to see what we can do for you.