Have you ever had home performance testing done before? If not, you could be missing out on hundreds of dollars in savings each year, potentially even thousands over the lifetime of your HVAC systems and other important home appliance and equipment.
So what is home performance? Well, it’s how efficient your home is–or how well the systems in that home perform compared to the amount of electrical or gas-powered energy they consume in order to do so.
You could potentially have low home performance without knowing it. It could come from drafty doors and windows, an improperly matched HVAC system, or a number of other factors. The only way to know for sure is to give our team a call and schedule professional home performance services with us.
Your HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy consumption in the average home, and therefore these systems are pretty important to keep in good shape. Read on to learn more about how HVAC efficiency impacts your overall home performance.
What Is HVAC Efficiency?
HVAC efficiency refers to, as we explained above, how powerfully the system performs in relation to how much energy it consumes to do so. A more efficient system is going to cost you less to run from month to month, and a less efficient system can be the source of many problems.
A less efficient system can also be caused by problems within the air conditioner, unless of course, your HVAC system was on the lower end of the efficiency spectrum to begin with…
How Do I Know How Efficient My System Is?
Air conditioners are given a SEER rating upon manufacturing. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and this rating defines how efficiently your air conditioner can operate right upon installation. The SEER rating is typically listed on the side of the indoor unit.
The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system is, and the less it will cost you to operate each month. Of course, systems with a high SEER rating are a bit more costly to install, but the money you’ll save over the lifetime of the system more than makes up for it.
Plus, there are steps you can take to ensure that the SEER rating stays as close to 100% throughout your system’s lifetime!
How Can I Keep My System Efficient?
First, we’re going to mention maintenance. Every year that your air conditioner goes without professional maintenance tune-ups, it loses about 5% of its original SEER rating. With maintenance, however, your system can retain about 95% of that original SEER!
And maintenance isn’t the only way to keep your system efficient. You can also ensure that you are:
- Setting the thermostat to a reasonable temperature of 78°F
- Changing the air filter every 1-3 months
- Keeping the blinds and curtains to south-facing windows shut to keep excessive sunlight out.
If you have any questions, want to schedule maintenance or efficiency testing, or any other services with our team, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!