Energy Efficiency Tips
At Dyess Heating & Air, we're committed to helping our customers understand the importance of efficiency in relation to your heating and air conditioning system. We have provided the following resources to help you better understand what you can do to gain optimal efficiency from your home comfort system and conserve energy (and money!!).
- Have a Load Calculation performed for your home by a trained Dyess Heating & Air Home Comfort Specialist – Throughout the years, we have found that most homes are heated and cooled by units that are either too big or too small for the home. An array of problems can result from incorrect capacity – uneven temperatures, units running either too long or not long enough to properly heat and cool the home, improperly controlled humidity, and increased maintenance problems over time. Dyess Heating & Air's highly skilled and trained home comfort specialists will perform a load calculation on your home to ensure that it's equipped with the accurately sized equipment. We'll make sure that you're maximizing the efficiency of your unit with an accurate load calculation. In addition, we specialize in an array of products that come in a variety of sizes, and we'll help you find the perfect match for your needs.
- Understand SEER Ratings – A SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) Rating indicates the efficiencies of different types of equipment. The higher the SEER Rating of a unit, the more efficient the unit is, thus making it more cost effective to operate. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy increased the minimum SEER rating from 10 to 13 SEER. However, the majority of all systems installed prior to 1992 are 10 SEER or below, as that was the most common equipment installed at that time. These systems are operating far below maximum efficiency and will continue to drop in efficiency as the systems age. Higher SEER rated equipment may save you as much as 50%-59% annual savings for cooling your home.
- Matched Systems Provide Optimal Efficiency and Performance – Perfectly matched systems are designed to give you the best performance. They complement each other by working within the designed specifications. If only one component of a system is replaced (i.e. only the air handler or condensing unit), the system is not operating at peak efficiency and performance; rather, matched systems operate more effectively and more efficiently, giving you superlative results. You can enjoy lower energy bills, improved air quality and airflow, attractive design and appearance, and the ultimate home comfort.
- Good Thermostat Control Yields Energy Savings – A variable as simple as how your thermostat is set can greatly influence the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Setting your thermostat at higher temperatures when you aren't home conserves energy and prevents your unit from running unnecessarily. Dyess Heating & Air home comfort specialists can discuss thermostat options to help you better control your home temperature environment. Digital and programmable thermostats make controlling when your unit runs much easier and much more practical. You can easily set your thermostat for specified temperature settings and for specified time periods, better enabling you to control how long and how often your unit runs throughout the day.
- Routine Preventative Maintenance – Periodic routine preventative maintenance can greatly increase the efficiency of your equipment. Clean drains, coils, and filters allow the unit to run at its most efficient level of operation. In addition, routine equipment maintenance also helps in the early detection of problems that may otherwise hinder the efficient operation of your system. Dyess Heating and Air's Preventative Maintenance Agreements are a cost effective, easy way for homeowners to ensure the efficient operation of their home comfort system and to reduce the amount of energy required to operate their unit.
- Ductwork – Your home's ductwork is the air distribution system that delivers heated or cooled air from the unit to your air vents. Damaged duct, gaps or holes in the ductwork, or crushed ductwork prevents the heated and cooled air from reaching its destination and can cause your unit to run unnecessarily. Have your ductwork inspected at least annually.