Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
Air conditioners are one of the most significant users of electricity in American households. Not surprisingly, energy efficiency ranks high among things people consider when purchasing an air conditioning system for their home.
If you are in the market for a residential AC system, the question that you might have at the back of your mind is if it's possible to save energy and money on your air conditioning operation.
Before setting goals to reduce AC electricity consumption and running costs, you should know that self-set goals require careful planning and deliberate action to achieve. Try these strategies to save as much energy and money as possible on your residential air conditioning.
Lean Towards A Passive House
Air conditioners are not meant to act as the primary solution to alleviate the thermal discomfort of building occupants during the summer. They should only provide the additional cooling required to keep building interiors as cool and comfortable as possible in hot weather.
The building envelope of your house is the first line of defense against extreme heat or cold. Making sure it is airtight and well-insulated is the best way to save money on air conditioning expenses.
An effectively air-sealed house will lock the conditioned air inside, stopping it from escaping to the outside environment. As a result, it will help keep your domestic cooling demand as low as possible, reducing the need to invest in a larger AC unit that will use more energy.
Properly Size Your Air Conditioner
Not all residential buildings have the same cooling demand. That's why residential air conditioners come in different sizes.
When choosing your air conditioning system, it's important to get the correct size unit for your needs. The size of an AC unit describes the total amount of heat it can extract from your home's interior environment—it does not mean your unit's physical size.
Multiple factors come into play in determining which size air conditioner matches your residential needs. The surest way to choose the right size of AC is to let an HVAC specialist help you do the load calculations.
Invest In A High-Efficiency AC Model
Another way to minimize the energy consumption of your air conditioning system is to get yourself a unit that requires a low energy input to cool your home. Before buying a particular air conditioner product, check the energy efficiency information included in its packaging.
An AC unit with a high-efficiency rating will cost more upfront but eventually pay for itself because of the associated long-term energy savings.
Contact an HVAC company for more information about your residential air conditioning requirements and options.