Great Strides In HVAC Technology
Research has shown that more than half the energy used in the average home goes toward heating and cooling. Great strides in HVAC technology have made these systems more energy efficient. With the average homeowner spending upwards of $1,500 a year on energy bills, it adds up to a significant amount of money.
Because conditioning a home represents the lion’s share of energy expenses, it is crucial that heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems be as energy efficient as possible. Fortunately, manufacturers have made amazing progress in the development of high-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioning units.
The minimum SEER rating allowed for an air conditioner today in the Southeast is 14. However, manufacturers are able to produce units that go much higher up to 18 SEER and even some up to 21 SEER. Gas furnaces have gotten more efficient too.
It is clear that a good HVAC system is an important part of any energy-efficient home and is a key piece for home buyers who want lower utility bills. But it’s only half the story. Builders should always think about energy efficiency as a system in which air conditioning is only one part.
A highly efficient system should work in concert with high-quality insulation, water heater, windows, roofing, light fixtures and energy efficient appliances to ensure the greatest energy savings. The Department of Energy states that home builders should make sure to perform proper air sealing and duct sealing, appropriately size their AC units, and include a programmable thermostat to ensure that HVAC systems function efficiently.
A wide variety of technologies are available for heating and cooling your home. They achieve a wide range of efficiencies in converting their energy source into useful heat or cool air for your home. These great strides in HVAC technology come from building scientists who understand how components work together to determine the right solution based on the style of the home and the climate in which it’s being built.