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. Monitor Indoor Temperatures
    Let residents know not to turn their thermostats off while they are gone. This disproven practice increases energy consumption and related energy costs. Install Energy Star®-certified Wi-Fi thermostats to automatically monitor and adjust room temperature, which helps prevent your system from wasting energy.
  2. Control Humidity
    Have residents set the humidity between 30% and 60% to prevent mold growth and increase HVAC energy efficiency. HEPA filters and other IAQ solutions help control sources of pollution. Improve your IAQ and take pressure off your HVAC with energy recovery ventilation (ERV) systems.
  3. Improve Indoor Air
    Encourage residents to open windows to bring in fresh air while quality air purification systems and filters catch debris that might float in through open windows
  4. Seal and Insulate Windows and Doors
    Conserve cooled air and reduce the energy used to save money and reduce the strain on units, resulting in fewer service calls
  5. Replace Inefficient HVAC Equipment
    Systems older than 10 years may have lost their energy efficiency. A newer, efficient model can help drastically lower energy costs.
  6. Maintain HVAC Coils
    Clean and sterilize to prevent the build-up of harmful pathogens
  7. Add a Conditioning Treatment
    Treat indoor condensation pans and drain lines with conditioning tablets. Pour bleach down drip pan plumbing lines twice per year to prevent clogs, mold and mildew.
  8. Improve Air Filter Effectiveness
    Replace air filters as often as is recommended to help keep pollutants from entering your units. There are different types of filters available and a rating system for determining the best filter for your units. A MERV rating measures how efficiently a filter captures pollutants that pass through a heating and cooling system. See the chart below for your filter's rating and effectiveness.
HVAC Filter Effectiveness Chart

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