Determining How Efficient Your HVAC System Is (Part 2)

HVAC efficiency in Vista, CA

In last month’s blog, we discussed a couple of ways of determining how efficient your HVAC system is in Vista, CA. Let’s take a look at a few more ways that can help you understand HVAC energy efficiency and what you can do to maximize it.

SEER Rating

The SEER rating, short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, plays a huge role in how efficient your air conditioner is. The higher this number, the less energy your AC unit uses to cool your home. Though it costs more to purchase an air conditioning unit with a higher SEER rating, the extra cost is typically offset by the money you save on utilities each month.

Thermostat Placement

One surprising thing that affects the functionality of your air conditioning system is where you install your thermostat. For example, if you install your thermostat right above an HVAC vent, cold air gets blown directly at the thermometer. This tricks the unit into thinking your home is cool before it really is, a common cause of short-cycling.

Another example is a thermostat that receives a lot of direct sunlight throughout the day. This raises the temperature reading, making the thermostat think your home is hot and sticky. Your AC will run almost constantly in an effort to combat the perceived heat, wasting energy, and raising your electric bill.

System Type

Living in a mild climate like Hillcrest, CA makes it more likely you have something other than a standard AC unit, like a heat pump. Both air source and geothermal heat pumps are more efficient ways to cool your home. They don’t utilize any natural fuel burning, even while heating your home, making them more friendly for the environment as well.

The Size of the Unit

AC units come in a variety of sizes, and they meet the needs of homes that range in square feet. However, an incorrectly sized unit can impact efficiency.

An air conditioner that’s too small will struggle to keep up with demand and cool your house. One that’s too large, on the other hand, will cool your home unevenly.

When it comes to your air conditioner, thorough cleanings and inspections go a long way towards improving efficiency and home comfort. Give our experts at West Coast Heating, Air Conditioning and Solar a call today, and we’ll be happy to help you set up a spring HVAC tune-up!

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