5 Myths About HVAC Energy Efficiency
Your heating and air conditioning system is essentially the lifeblood of your home. You want it to run efficiently, and for that reason, homeowners should be aware of some common myths about the energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Here's a little myth-busting, courtesy of Van Natta Mechanical, the experts in HVAC (and more) since 1958.
Myth #1: Insulation in the Attic is Only for the Winter
Sure, insulation keeps heat from escaping during cold weather, but adequate insulation acts as a barrier against hot weather conditions, too. When your attic is properly insulated, you’ll experience lower energy bills during the summer since the cool air won’t leak out.
Myth #2: Closing Vents Saves on Heating Costs
Many homeowners think that closing vents in unoccupied or little-used rooms will significantly cut down on heating costs. Truth is, your HVAC system responds to ductwork, not the number of rooms. Closing off airflow often puts pressure on the system and may make it work harder than necessary to heat the other rooms in your home.
Myth #3: Leaving the Thermostat Unchanged Saves Money
A lot of homeowners believe that leaving the thermostat at a set position is a smarter energy move than adjusting it for when people aren't home. On the contrary, it's a good idea to give your HVAC system some downtime when you're away for the day. A programmable thermostat lets you adjust temperature changes on your schedule. Some systems let you even do it remotely. Van Natta Mechanical can help you pick out and install a top of the line thermostat that you can set and forget or adjust on the fly before you even arrive at home.
Myth #4: HVAC Equipment Eats Up Most of Your Energy
Over the years, furnaces and AC units have come a very long way in energy-efficiency. In fact, all of your everyday electronics like computers, TVs, and appliances can have a bigger impact on your bill than an HVAC unit. Heating or air conditioning can account for less than half of your home’s energy usage, depending, of course, on how you use it.
Myth #5: A Bigger HVAC Unit Will Give You More Comfort
Not really. It’s critical to have a unit that’s the right size for your home or property. For example, a really big air conditioner costs you in the long run, since it may require more service calls. Not to mention, the energy costs that it racks up.
Do you have more questions about your HVAC unit or concerns about energy efficiency? Contact the experts at Van Natta Mechanical and let us inspect your system and make sure everything is running as efficiently as possible. We've been the HVAC pros in Bergen, Rockland and Passaic counties for decades. Let us get your home or property working at peak energy efficiency, to keep you comfortable and save you money. For all your air conditioning and heating needs, rely on the experts at Van Natta. We can stop by and take a look at your air conditioning system as we get into the dog days of summer because you don't want your system to break down on one of these hot days. We can fix some of the more complicated issues that may arise with your air conditioning system, heating system, or duct work and our comprehensive inspections will give you the peace of mind that your system is operating properly. We offer air conditioning system maintenance, repair, replacements, and installations in addition to spray foam insulation installation to keep cold air from escaping your home and reduce your energy bills. We currently have an air conditioning special for New Jersey and New York homeowners for an air conditioning system installation. Now is the perfect time to have your air conditioning or heating system inspected by a Van Natta Mechanical air conditioning expert so contact Van Natta or give us a call today at 201-391-3700.