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Posted 11/11/2017

Upgrade your HVAC system with smart technologies

Upgrade your HVAC system with smart technologies

We live in the 21st century with the latest gadgets and electronics to help us in our daily lives. There is abundance on energy being produced by utilizing nuclear fission and uranium. Over the past decade or so we have witnessed a movement towards energy efficient solutions which includes using more equipment run by electricity. Tesla brought us the first fully electric car and power wall to run our homes. Many other manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Nissan and Mercedes have also launched their fully electric models.

As there is an advancement in technology, we see more and more homes using electric heaters, boilers and stoves rather than conventional gas powered ones. Although each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, electric powered equipment tends to be cheaper and more energy efficient. They are also easier to maintain compared to their gas powered counter parts. Similar technologies can be had to make our homes “smart”.

Smart homes and central cooling units

A bit less glamorous than a Tesla P100D, but certainly very useful to adding more comfort to your home. The latest advancements allow HVAC systems to adapt to your lifestyles. Check out these ideas that you can add to your home:

Replace Your Outdated Equipment

Before you can add new and modern systems to your home, you might have to get rid of the old inefficient ones. This does not, in any way, mean that you get rid of your perfectly running central air conditioning unit. But is it really running at an optimal condition? That is the question you need to ask yourself. Air conditioning units typically last between 10 to 15 years whereas gas furnaces last between 15 to 20 years on average. At the end of their life, their units start giving more and more trouble and it is very costly to maintain them. Replacement is a better option. You can replace them with the latest high tech equipment to put your mind at ease for a long time.

Installation costs

The price of each individual unit will differ depending on if it is a gas or electric unit and the size and capacity. However the average cost to install an AC is around $5,000 and for a furnace heater it is $4,000 although sometimes buyers pay less than that.

Annual energy savings

Eco-friendly features are good for the environment. They are more efficient and produce less carbon dioxide emissions to the environment. According to Energy Star, individual households can save more than $115 every year on utilities by adopting this modern equipment. The next time you’re in the market for an AC or furnace, look for the Energy Star label. You can be sure that it meets the efficiency standards if it is certified by Energy Star.

Solar Power and unlimited energy

Solar panels were previously expensive and the expertise to needed to install them was scarce. As research and progress continued in the field of solar technologies, they have become more affordable. Solar panels are made of silicon cells interconnected together, used to convert light energy from the sun into electricity. The sun is the biggest star in our solar system and provides life and energy to all beings. You can cut down your cost of utilities by going solar. Although they are still in their testing phase, solar panels could ultimately provide an infinite source of free energy. HVAC units that run on solar power are an environment friendly way to provide a comfortable heating and cooling solution to your home. You could also check out if your state offers any type of tax rebates to go solar. Sun source home energy systems produce efficient solar powered heat pumps and ACs. The excess energy can be stored or used to power other appliances in the house.

Reducing noise pollution

Older gas powered HVAC units got really loud as they got older or were put under strain during the hot summer months. Many of them could not take heavy loads and ultimately started to malfunction more often. Newer, more advanced units are better at handling loads while remaining almost inaudible. There are also better options to insulate the house to prevent heat transfers through the walls and maintain the desired indoor temperatures. Insulation can also be used to soundproof the rooms and the HVAC equipment.

Smart Thermostats

Previously you could set the on and off timers on ACs to save costs. Similarly now you can set the timers of thermostats as well. The thermostat settings can be set higher during the times you are not home and lower when you are about to reach home. This enables energy and cost savings without having to compromise on comfort. You always come home to a cool house. A word of caution is not to set the thermostat temperatures too high or too low as it would cause damage to the central heating and cooling unit. The EPA suggests an average of 78°F is optimal for performance.

Air purifiers and dehumidifier 

The air is contaminated with harmful gases such as Radon and Carbon Monoxide. Investing in air purifiers pays off in the long run. Particularly for households that suffer from dust and pollen allergies, air purifiers are a must have.

Dehumidifiers reduce the moisture in the air causing you to sweat less and feeling cooler. Dehumidifiers come in a variety of sleek designs that blend perfectly with the room décor.

Final Word

Most smart technologies come with a mobile phone app that can be used to monitor and operate the equipment remotely over the internet. It also allows you to check the health and life of each component. Some apps also provide reminders to clean and maintain the equipment in a better way. You can go online to check the prices of each feature and unit online. Most are particularly inexpensive as demand for these features is going up every day. If you would like an opinion of an expert, you could contact an HVAC professional agency for suggestions for your home.


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