For most home owners and businesses the largest source of energy use – and thus the greatest area of potential for energy and cost savings – is the heating and cooling of the building. It is also one of the most neglected energy saving opportunities. Most heating and cooling systems are not properly maintained, serviced or tuned up and are not running at optimal levels. Others may not have been installed properly, were sized incorrectly or have outdated and inefficient equipment. Add to that, most have leaky and improperly sized air distribution or duct systems. Each of these problems represents significant energy waste.
You can tap into this enormous energy saving potential by bringing the HVAC equipment and air distribution system up to current standards. While many people immediately turn to system replacement as the answer, there are a number of more affordable solutions to consider first – such as service maintenance, tune ups or component updating. You should also have your ducts checked to see if they simply need to be sealed or properly sized.
Contact us now to have a Synergy Specialist perform a complete home energy audit and provide you with the best options to meet your needs.
Tune-Up and Service Maintenance
Just like cars and other mechanical equipment needs maintenance and tune-ups, so does your heating and cooling system. It is recommended that they be serviced at least 4 times per year. Synergy performs complete tune-ups based upon the ACCA 4 residential and ACCA 180 commercial tune-up standards. These tune-ups include:
Mechanical Diagnostics and Repair
Belts Changed and Parts Lubed
Refrigerant Charge Adjustment
Call now for more information or to set an appointment to have one of our certified technicians diagnose your system.
Air Duct Systems
A central heating and air conditioning system in a home functions similar to a human heart. Just as the heart enables the circulation of blood throughout the human body, the central air conditioner and furnace are responsible for supplying air to each part of the home where conditioned air is needed. This is done by channeling the air through a series of connected ducts running through walls, crawlspaces and attics. Just like the human heart, it is important that the flow is evenly distributed to provide a healthy, comfortable system for your home. Many factors can have an impact on the distribution of this air in your home and so it is important to consult with experts to make sure that you are getting the best results from your existing system. Some common air distribution problems include:
The major energy user in the mechanical system of your central heater or air conditioner is the motor. Great strides have been made in the energy efficiency of the motor itself. Most old systems have very inefficient PSC motors that draw enormous amounts of electricity to start and run. The newer brushless motors run at much greater efficiency and thus drastically reduce energy use. At Synergy Companies, we have experience installing thousands of brushless motors in homes throughout California. Contact us now to learn more.
One of the greatest low-cost energy saving solutions that can be performed is to install a programmable or “smart” thermostat. No matter how efficient your furnace and air conditioner system is, if it runs when it’s not needed it is wasting energy. New smart thermostats can be programmed using your smart phones, can learn your comfort habits and can even sense motion to activate. These are outstanding tools to help manage the human element regarding the use of your heating and cooling system.
HVAC System Replacements
In some cases the most effective thing that can be done is a complete furnace and/ or air-conditioner change out. Many systems have long outlasted their estimated service life. Add that to the lack of maintenance and some systems are simply beyond repair, tune-up or upgrade. In those cases a complete new energy-efficient heating or cooling system is recommended.