The HVAC unit in your home plays a key role in controlling the internal climate and keeping your living space cool during the intense heat of the Australian summer. As well as cooling you down, an HVAC system can also help to protect people who suffer from hay fever as you will be able to keep your home cool without opening the windows. HVAC systems can also perform other actions such as dehumidifying your home when it is damp and heating it during the colder months. However, all of this comes at a price. If you frequently use your HVAC system, you may notice that your energy bills begin to skyrocket. Below is a guide to how you can reduce the amount of electricity your HVAC system consumes.
Use the thermostat
The thermostat in your home sets the target temperature which the HVAC system will aim to achieve. Higher energy bills are often the result of poor use of the thermostat controls. During the warmer months, you should try to resist the urge to turn the thermostat right down, as this will result in the HVAC system working overtime in order to try to keep your home as cold as an ice cube. Instead, you should set it a few degrees below the outside temperature. Because the HVAC system will only have to cool the air down by a few degrees, it will only have to power on and off every now and again, which will reduce its energy use. You should consider investing in a programmable thermostat which will allow you to set the HVAC system to run at set times of the day even if you are not around.
Install new ventilation fans
Ventilation fans which are located around the interior of your property can significantly increase the efficiency of your HVAC system. For example, installing a large ceiling fan will help to circulate air around your home, creating a cooling breeze and forcing warmer air towards the HVAC system. The circulation of air within your home will also help to address any problems with uneven warming and cooling of different parts of a room. Although the fans will use electricity to operate, the improved efficiency of your HVAC system should more than cover the cost.
If you would like further help and advice about upgrading the thermostat in your home or installing new ventilation fans, you should contact an electrical contractor today.