How well does your HVAC system work? How much energy does it use? There’s probably room for improvement, especially if it’s more than a few years old. Here are some of the most important, recommended HVAC upgrades that can save you money and make your home more comfortable.
- Insulation. One of your most important HVAC upgrades, insulation slows the flow of heat, keeping warm air in during the winter and keeping it out in the summer, thus maximizing your system’s efficiency and saving energy. Even if you already have insulation, you may not have enough. It tends to settle over time and should be replenished periodically. Ask your HVAC technician to check your insulation levels and help you add more if necessary.
- A smart thermostat. By syncing with your mobile device, a smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s temperature from anywhere. It can also learn your comfort preferences over time and adjust itself automatically, as well as give you an overview of how much energy you’re using and where you can save.
- A whole-house dehumidifier. New Jersey can get fairly humid in the summer. It’s important to be able to regulate that humidity to keep your house comfortable and prevent mold and bacteria. A whole-house dehumidifier lets you do that, allowing you to set your ideal humidity level the same way you set your ideal temperature. Setting your humidity can also save energy by letting you turn your thermostat up a few extra degrees in summer without sacrificing comfort.
- Variable refrigerant flow. Similar to a zoning system, VRF lets you set your temperature room by room, only heating or cooling the areas that are being used. For instance, if everyone is in the living room watching television, that room stays comfortable without wasting energy by sending air to the bedrooms, the kitchen, etc.
- Variable-speed air handler. This HVAC feature regulates airflow based on ambient temperature, allowing you to use less energy on milder days than on very hot or very cold ones.
To learn about other important HVAC upgrades, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. Monmouth and Ocean counties trust us for all their home-comfort needs.