HVAC Energy Efficiency Tips That Save Time & Money

Residents are now spending a lot more time inside their apartments. This extra time indoors means more strain on HVAC systems. No matter the size of your property, you can provide residents with improved comfort and healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) that translates into time and cost savings. Follow the HVAC energy efficiency tips below to maximize your HVAC systems.

  1. Replace air filters as recommended by filter type. Fiberglass air filters are developed for gas-forced furnaces and should be replaced every month. The effectiveness of fiberglass filters is limited to protecting air conditioning coils by only filtering lint, dust mites and pollen. Pleated air filters may be changed every three months but may need to be replaced more often in dusty environments.
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  1. Every degree counts in the summertime, so remind residents to monitor the temperature inside their homes. Let residents know that turning their thermostats off while they are gone is not recommended as this disproven practice increases energy consumption and related energy costs.
  2. Invest in IAQ solutions to help control humidity. Keeping humidity between 30 and 60 percent is ideal for preventing mold growth and increasing HVAC energy efficiency. HEPA filters and other IAQ solutions also help control sources of pollution.
  3. Ask residents to open their windows to bring in fresh air from outdoors and purge stale indoor air. Quality air purification systems and air filters take care of any debris that might float in through open windows.
  4. Be sure to seal and insulate windows and doors to conserve air-conditioned air. Reducing the energy used for air conditioning saves money and reduces strain on units, resulting in fewer service calls.
  5. Replace HVAC equipment that is older than 10 years. Older systems may have lost their energy efficiency, and can be replaced with newer, efficient models that drastically lower costs.
  6. Install Wi-Fi thermostats to prevent your systems from wasting energy when heating or cooling an empty space. These thermostats automatically monitor and adjust the temperature of an empty room to eliminate wasteful heating and cooling.
  7. Add energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems to help reduce humidity in the summer and increase humidity in the winter. This system also saves energy by taking some of the pressure off your HVAC systems and improving your IAQ.
  8. Sterilize HVAC coils to prevent the build-up of harmful pathogens.
  9. Treat indoor condensation pans and drain lines with conditioning tablets, and pour bleach down drip pan plumbing lines twice per year to prevent clogs, mold and mildew.

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