When you replace an old HVAC system, you receive many benefits in return. One of the most obvious benefits you receive is reliable heating and cooling versus your old system that likely couldn’t keep up during extreme weather in Hanover.
Another unexpected benefit, though, is that your new system will likely save quite a bit of energy compared to your old system, making your new system much more “green.” Plus, with some basic adjustments, you can make your system even more efficient, resulting in an environmentally conscious HVAC installation. Here are five ways you can make your new HVAC system from Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating as environmentally friendly as possible.
1. Utilize a Programmable Thermostat
With a new HVAC system comes new possibilities for increased comfort. The best way to customize this comfort and increase the efficiency of your new system is to install a programmable thermostat alongside your new system. The most efficient thermostats are smart thermostats that learn your living patterns so that they can automatically adjust the temperature in your home, meaning your HVAC system will run only as often as is absolutely necessary.
However, even a basic programmable thermostat is still better than a manual thermostat. All programmable thermostats can be set to keep your house at one temperature while you’re away from home and then change to a more comfortable temperature when you return. Rather than keeping your home at a constant temperature all day, these temperature changes save significant energy, making your system more environmentally friendly.
Even if you opt for a basic mechanical thermostat, though, you can still set it so that your HVAC system runs less. By adjusting the thermostat by just one or two degrees, you can see a significant drop in energy use that results in lower utility bills for you.
2. Use a Heat Pump
Thanks to the temperate weather in Hanover, a heat pump from Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating is another great way to supercharge your energy savings from your new HVAC system. The biggest advantage of using a heat pump is that it uses heat that is present in the air outside to heat your home during the winter.
Rather than using electricity or natural gas to heat the air, a heat pump pulls in heat from the outside and brings it inside to warm your home. In the summer, this process is reversed, much like a traditional air conditioner, as the heat pump pulls heat from inside your home and expels it outside. All throughout the year, this process of heat exchange is far more efficient than a traditional HVAC system, allowing you to be environmentally conscious while still keeping your home at an optimal temperature.
3. Use Zones
If you have a larger home, one of the best ways to keep your new HVAC installation “green” is to use zoned heating and cooling. Rather than using one HVAC system to heat and cool your entire home, a zoned system uses two or more closed-circuit HVAC systems to heat different areas in your home. This allows you to keep the different areas at different temperatures, which is especially handy if you don’t use these areas very often.
Of course, if you have a smaller home, that doesn’t mean you have to be left out of the “zone fun.” At Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating, we install mini-split systems in addition to zoned HVAC systems. A mini-split system is essentially a small heat pump that is meant to heat and cool just one room in your home.
These systems are ideal for bedrooms, living rooms, or any other rooms that you occupy for long periods of time. Since they are smaller, these systems are highly energy-efficient, meaning you can keep essential rooms comfortable while not wasting energy to heat and cool rooms around your home that you don’t use.
4. Optimize Your Ductwork
The ways in which conditioned air moves throughout your home make a big impact on your HVAC system’s energy efficiency. That’s why at Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating, we believe that your home’s ductwork is just as important as the other components in your HVAC system.
Before we begin a new HVAC installation, we will analyze your ducts to ensure that they’re properly routed, with no tight turns or other unusual elements that could restrict airflow. In addition, your ducts will be checked for signs of damage that could allow air to escape from your ducts before it reaches its intended destination.
The main goal in optimizing your ductwork is to ensure that all of the air that you are paying money to heat or cool makes it to the areas that need to be heated or cooled. This is important because the more conditioned air that reaches these areas, the less time that your HVAC system will have to run to bring these areas to a comfortable temperature.
5. Hire Quality Installers
Another great way to have an efficient HVAC system is simply to ensure that the new system is installed correctly. If any component of your HVAC system isn’t installed correctly individually and then optimized to work correctly with the other components, you will have efficiency problems from the first day you use your system.
For example, when your system is charged with refrigerant, the volume of refrigerant needs to be carefully measured to ensure that the system isn’t over- or under-pressurized. If the wrong amount of refrigerant is present, your air conditioner will struggle to remove heat and humidity from the air in your home, meaning your system will have to work longer to keep your home comfortable.
This is just one of the many elements that have to be correct to ensure your system works well, which is why it’s crucial that you choose an experienced HVAC contractor such as Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating. We say that “our work reflects our passion,” meaning that we take great pride in every job we complete because we are passionate about doing great work and keeping you and your family comfortable in your home.
Trustworthy AC Installation
At Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating in Hanover, MD, we work hard to provide the HVAC solutions you need so that you can heat and cool your home as efficiently as possible. That’s why, compared to some HVAC companies, we offer solutions that aren’t as common, including heat pumps and mini-split systems. Along with operating efficiently, we offer humidifier and air purifier installation services to ensure that your HVAC system provides you with air that is healthy to breathe. If instead, you need to increase the efficiency of the HVAC system at your business, we are proud to offer a full range of commercial services for a variety of applications.
Our commitment to each project we do is reflected in the phenomenal feedback we receive from our customers. Five-star reviews are common on Yelp, Google, and other review sites. That is why we are a Google Guaranteed business and are Screened & Approved by Home Advisor.
If you want your next HVAC installation to be as efficient as possible, give us a call at Beltway Air Conditioning & Heating today. We offer comprehensive heating and cooling services.