Heating and cooling load refers to the amount of energy it takes to heat and cool your home for the typical weather patterns in your region. Your household energy consumption depends on numerous variables, but primary factors include:
- Your HVAC equipment's efficiency
- The insulation level in your house
- How tight your home is against drafts.
- How often you run your equipment
- The number of people in your home
Ensuring that your home is properly insulated and increasing your furnace and air conditioning's efficiency are two of the best ways to reduce your home's heating and cooling load.
Tips to Increase Your Equipment's Efficiency
- Change your air filters regularly. During periods of peak usage, change or clean them at least once per month (for standard style disposable filters- more expensive style filters may last longer).
- Clean the area around your furnace and A/C unit and make sure there is no debris blocking airflow.
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically save energy when you're not at home or you are sleeping.
- Install insulation in poorly insulated rooms to reduce heat loss.
If you're still paying more money for utilities than you think you should be, consider having a professional load calculation done. Load calculations identify specific problems in your home and HVAC equipment that cause high energy consumption. A proper load calculation should be performed by a qualified HVAC comfort consultant. A heating and cooling professional will also be able to perform more thorough preventive maintenance, which will help prevent major breakdowns in addition to increasing overall efficiency.
If you have older equipment, it may be time to upgrade to newer, higher-efficiency models. New equipment may be a large initial expense, but you'll see a difference in utility costs, and the money you save will offset the initial expense over time. Over the course of its life, you can pay approximately 3-5 times the initial cost of the equipment in utility costs.
If you have questions about your home's energy consumption, or want more HVAC advice, contact us at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. We're happy to provide heating and cooling service to all residents of the greater Cleveland area.