• Cooling India
  • Mar 5, 2018

Improve Energy Efficiency in Your Cooling Systems

 These are tips to improve energy efficiency in your home cooling systems:

• Select energy-efficient equipment when buying heating and cooling equipment.
• Your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models and designs to help compare energy usage.
• Look for high seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), high annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings and heating seasonal performance factors (HSPF).
• The national minimums are 13 SEER for air conditioners and 78 percent AFUE for furnaces.Central air conditioners with SEERs of 16 and above are available.
• Set thermostats at 76°F (24°C) or above when the house is occupied during the day and a few degrees higher at night.
• Programmable thermostats can change temperatures automatically and easily. They are in expensive, reliable and easy to install.
• Installing ceiling fans allow occupants to set the thermostat higher, thus, reducing the time the air conditioner is on.Natural ventilation in arid or temperate climates is an effective energy saver.
• Windows should be opened and closed to take advantage of the upward movement of warm air and cross ventilation of the room, especially at night.
• Have air ducts checked for leaks. Look forsections that should be joined but have separated and also for holes.
• If you use duct tape to repair and seal your ducts, use tape with theUnderwriter’s Lab logo so it doesn’t degrade, crack or lose its bond with age.
• Make sure vents are not obstructed by furniture, appliances or other objects so that air can flow freely.
• This maximizes efficiency of the system and helps distribute cool air throughout the room.
• Clean or change furnace filters once a month or two, and have the system maintained according to manufacturer’s instructions.
• Dirty filters, coils and fans reduce airflow throughout the system, which decreases performance and can damage your system.
• Adding insulation to your attic is the easiest and least expensive way to cool your home.
• Insulation can be blown into wall cavities, especially in older homes with little wall insulation.
• If siding is to be replaced, take the opportunity to add a layer of exterior insulation.
• Remember that insulating ducts in the basement will make the basement colder in the winter and warmer in the summer.
• If both the ducts and the basement walls are uninsulated, consider insulating both.
• Shading from overhangs, awnings, exterior shades, shade screens and bushes and trees can reduce unwanted heat gain to the house, especially on east and west windows.
• Use window draperies or shades to your advantage.
• In hot climates close the drapes or shades on the east, south and west windows during the day to prevent the sun’s energy from heating the room unnecessarily.
• The shade or drapery material should be reflective on the side facing the window.
• Use kitchen, bath and other ventilating fans wisely. In just one hour, these fans can pull out a houseful of cooled air.
• During the summer, fans often bring in excessive moisture. You may want to install a timer switch instead of a manual switch to limit the unnecessary operation of an exhaust fan.