If you’re planning to replace your HVAC equipment, there are a number of beneficial home comfort solutions available today that can boost your air quality and energy efficiency too. Here are a few that you might be thankful to have:
Variable-Speed Air Handler
Variable-speed air handlers modulate their speed to precisely match your comfort needs. They operate on low speed about 3/4 of the time and run almost continuously, which saves energy and provides better air filtration and humidity control. You’ll also notice more consistent comfort with fewer temperature fluctuations.
A compressor with dual speeds can reduce your household energy consumption because it runs on low up to 80 percent of the time. There’s no loss of comfort though, since it can automatically ramp up to high speed whenever the system’s full cooling capacity is needed.
If you’re used to a manual thermostat, upgrading to a programmable model can provide energy savings and better comfort control. You can choose one that matches your weekly schedule and then program in temperature setbacks around your daily routine. There are also Wi-Fi thermostats that offer remote access and many other beneficial features.
In our climate, humidity control is essential to maintain good indoor air quality and avoid problems with mold growth. A whole-home dehumidifier that’s integrated into the HVAC system can help keep excess moisture under control, and reduce the workload on your heat pump or air conditioner.
Automatic Fan Delay
Usually, the blower fan shuts off in sync with the HVAC equipment, which means any conditioned air left in the ducts is wasted. When your system has an automatic fan delay, the blower stays running briefly after the heat pump or A/C shuts off to push out any remaining conditioned air.
A fan-only switch allows you to use the blower unit to circulate air without running the HVAC equipment, which can help you save energy on milder days when you don’t need cooling or heating.
To learn more about these and other beneficial home comfort solutions, contact the Coastal Bend HVAC pros at CCAC.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.
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