Most heating and air conditioning systems use more energy to keep your Birmingham, Alabama, home comfortable when they get older. If your system is over a decade old, you could lower your utility bills by replacing it with a more efficient unit. A new HVAC unit is costly, but it could help you in saving enough energy to pay for itself eventually. An efficient HVAC system can even raise your home’s value. Some of the most popular energy-saving heaters and air conditioners are ductless systems, variable-speed systems, and heat pumps.
Ductless HVAC Systems
Ductless heating and cooling systems have an outdoor unit and one or more indoor units – similar to conventional HVAC systems. Instead of ducts, a small conduit for refrigerant connects the units. That way, you’ll never lose conditioned air through leaks in ductwork. Many ductless systems come with zoning – the ability to choose different temperatures for different areas or zones of your home. You can avoid heating and cooling unoccupied rooms, and everyone can select a temperature that’s comfortable for them instead of arguing about what to set the thermostat at.
The fans in variable-speed systems can run at more than one speed and increase your home’s airflow when needed. Since they don’t always have to run at full power, they don’t use as much energy as many other systems. Variable-speed systems run longer at a low speed instead of turning on and off constantly, so they can control the humidity in your home during summer better than conventional systems.
Heat pumps work like air conditioners in summer to move heat out of your home. In winter, they transfer heat from the outdoor air into your home. With Alabama’s mild winters, heat pumps are very popular for their efficiency. Since they can heat and cool your home, there’s no need for a separate furnace.
One Source Heating and Cooling has more than 20 years of HVAC experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of efficient heaters and air conditioners. Call us anytime at 205-209-4246 for expert, friendly service.Image provided by Shutterstock