Heating and cooling systems work incredibly hard to perform their functions for your household. The constant stopping, starting, and continual operation can wear down a machine quickly and unexpectedly if the proper care and maintenance is delayed.
However, by performing preventive maintenance, or by servicing your system regularly, you can maximize the life-cycle of your heating or cooling unit and guard against many unexpected failures. Preventive maintenance inspections performed on a regular basis can uncover leaks, rust, rot, soot, frayed wires, and corroded electrical contacts.
Sizing the equipment load requires the consideration of several factors. Ceiling height, construction, window size and placement, and dozens of other variables all need to be considered to properly size a heating and/or cooling system. A professionally conducted load calculation is the foundation of an effective system.
We realize that purchasing a heating or air conditioning system is no small matter. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair, or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit can offer long-term benefits. A modern HVAC unit can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago.
Make sure that you do not have a leaking HVAC system. When the air conditioner and furnace leak, it pools water within the system and allows mold to grow. At Elite Climate Control, our HVAC technicians can repair leaks and clean your system so that mold will not develop. This cleaning should be performed at least once per year.
Zoned HVAC systems allow for the setting of different temperatures for different sections, or “zones”, of a building. For example, you could use zoning to keep one part of your house such as the upstairs rooms relatively warm in the summer, while keeping the downstairs rooms cooler until it is time for bed, saving money by only cooling parts of the house instead of all of it.
A zoned HVAC system also helps to save money on wear and tear and ductwork damage, since when used properly it does not have to work as hard as a traditional system. A zoned system is also easier to maintain.
If you have an outdated thermostat that offers little to no control over your HVAC unit, you will want to invest in a new thermostat that will allow you to maximize the benefits of your new system. A new thermostat will allow you to program your air conditioner to run at certain times of the day and will trigger it to turn on and off as quickly as possible.
If your thermostat is a manual thermostat that requires you to turn a dial, it is important to upgrade when you have a new unit installed. The latest air conditioning systems are designed to be efficient and to save consumers money on their utility bills. However, the system cannot do this if the thermostat cannot be programmed properly. A manual thermostat cannot be programmed with the same precision as a digital thermostat.
If you are in the High Desert area, Elite Climate Control can help fine tune your HVAC system to keep heating costs down.
Routine maintenance, duct inspections and sealing, air flow adjustments, and thermostat upgrades can go a long way when it comes to keeping a system running efficiently and saving on energy costs. We can help recommend a plan that will keep your system running efficiently, and we can also recommend upgrade and improvement options that will improve efficiency.
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, an important ratio established by the Department of Energy to help businesses and homeowners judge how effective at cooling a particular HVAC unit is. The ratio is created by comparing the energy use of a particular unit model for one full season to how well that unit performs.