Having an efficiently functioning HVAC system can go a long way in delivering a comfortable environment in homes and businesses. From providing better air quality by filtering dust and pollution to helping maintain ideal temperatures and humidity control, HVAC systems work hard to provide a myriad of functions.
So, it is no surprise that with time they tire out and their performance suffers. However, the signs that your HVAC system is underperforming may not be immediately noticeable. Even as energy bills creep up (HVAC consumption often makes up 50% of your total energy bill!), people don’t always associate this with an aged or faulty HVAC system. Some red flags include: difficulty maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature, poor air quality with increased levels of humidity, and an increased amount of dust.
At Verde we know all the ins and outs of HVAC systems and how to save you money – from what you can do to make your current equipment more efficient to how to go about upgrading it.
Ways to Reduce Your HVAC Energy Costs:
1.) Smart or Programmable Thermostats
You can improve the efficiency of your current HVAC equipment by installing a smart or programmable thermostat. Unlike traditional thermostats, smart and programmable ones tailor temperature levels to your needs throughout the day, rather than simply maintaining a single set temperature point.
For example, you can program your heating system to warm up the house for when you get home, versus keeping a slightly cooler temperature when you are at work. In larger businesses this can translate to having various heating and cooling zones. Overall, this eases the strain on your HVAC system as it doesn’t have to work as hard. Less strain on the system means fewer maintenance costs over time.
2. Consider Economizing
Installing an HVAC economizer for your existing unit can provide significant energy savings. Economizers reduce the need for your HVAC system to artificially cool air by taking advantage of cold outdoor air. Assuming that the outside air is cooler than inside and the correct humidity, the economizer will switch off the air conditioning system and being to draw in the air from outside. Should the outside temperatures change and no longer be efficient for cooling purposes, the economizer will close its dampers and switch the air conditioning compressors back on.
Economizers are often required additions to newly installed HVAC units, but they can also be easily retrofitted with minimal mechanical work for older systems.
3. Treat Yourself: Trade up
Replacing your HVAC system may not sound like a cost-saving strategy, but the up-front spend is outweighed by long-term savings. If your system is at least 10 years old, you should get a performance assessment from a professional HVAC contractor to determine just how much your dated system may be costing you.
New HVAC units are much more energy efficient than their ancestors – consuming 30% less energy while providing better performance. Because they consume less fuel, they cost less to operate which translates to tangible savings from the moment they are installed. Their improved technology includes better air flow, for consistent temperature and humidity throughout your property, sound absorbent materials for quiet operation, and compatibility with the latest technologies from smart thermostats to solar power.
Helping Chicago Businesses Increase Energy Efficiency
Verde has helped small and large businesses across Chicagoland become more energy efficient through smart upgrades to lighting, HVAC units and more. From the private sector to the public sector, we have helped a variety of businesses including restaurants, fire stations, nonprofits and more become more energy efficient while saving money on energy bills.
Make Your HVAC System Energy Efficient - Work with Verde
With nearly a decade of experience, Verde has helped hundreds of clients improve the efficiency of their HVAC systems. Call us for a free assessment and let us help you identify energy upgrades and savings. Once you have all the facts in your hands, we can help you get the work done. Whether you decide to make a few changes or opt for a complete upgrade, you can have peace of mind knowing that with Verde’s end-to-end service every aspect of the project is covered.
How it all works
Call in the pros.
Give us a call, and we’ll come take a look around – no fees, no commitments. Within a week or so, we’ll give you a custom, detailed report of where you can decrease your energy costs and how much you can expect to save.
Let’s do this.
Our Energy Efficiency Professionals do the necessary swaps, tweaks, and in some cases, complete overhauls to bring your costs way down and your savings way up. We know how to save you money – and we know what it takes to make the most of all of those energy rebate programs. In fact, we guarantee that no one can find more rebates off your project than Verde.
We’ve got your back.
If a bulb burns out or an issue occurs, call us. We’ll make it right.
The bean counters on your team will be jumping for joy from the unexpected savings and your team’s Earth lovers will be singing your praises in no time. That’s because Verde’s solutions are just as good for your bottom line as they are for the Earth.
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