Northeast HVAC News Guest Column
3 Things Contractors
Should Know About Energy-Efficient HVAC.
By Dani Nicole
now trend toward greener practices, and the HVAC system is no
exception. With the appeal of potential tax credits or rebates,
guaranteed utility savings, and the benefit to the environment,
more people are making the switch to energy-efficient units.
At Home Improvement Leads, we love this trend. Here are a
few tips for HVAC contractors when it comes to energy-efficient
It’s Still Not One-Size-Fits-All
Just like before, each home will need a unique system. Some
homeowners opt for slightly more efficient systems, while others
go for the gold—or green. According to
HGTV, many will take an “Invest in the Best” approach. Since
an HVAC install is a long-term decision, many homeowners will
opt for the highest efficiency rating. As a contractor, that
means understanding all kinds of energy efficient systems and
being able to recommend the best option.
Among the options for energy-efficient technology, homeowners
may select furnaces, boilers, central A/C, geothermal pumps,
electric air-source heat pumps, and more. Optimizing HVAC
systems for individual homes is the best practice to ensure
homeowners get the best value and conserve the most energy. Upon
installation, properly sealing and insulating ducts is critical.
This vital step can improve heating and cooling efficiency by up
to 20%, according to
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Maintenance and Instruction
Homeowners want peace of mind when it comes to a large investment.
Inform your clients on basic maintenance tasks, like changing air
filters, proper operation, how to increase airflow, and how to
program the thermostat. Empowering your clients will foster a
positive relationship, which is a must for return customers.
When you install a system, make sure there is adequate room around
equipment to service any repairs. Test the airflow of furnaces and
heat pumps to adhere to
Energy Star’s standards, which require contractors to confirm
airflow meets manufacturer standards. This step can really set you
apart, as many central air systems are incorrectly charged. That
leads to wasted energy and hard-earned dollars.
You can even go the extra step and talk about green practices with
your clients. Simple steps can do a lot for the environment and a
homeowener’s budget, like unplugging electronics when they leave the
house, clearing any obstructions from air vents, setting thermostats
to energy-saving mode, and promptly fixing leaks in the HVAC system.
Thermostats are Smarter
Smart thermostats are taking the home-owning world by storm.
Thermostats like the
Nest are intuitive and learn heating and cooling patterns to
create a balanced schedule that can save a lot of energy. This tech
enables you to program your home’s temperature from any mobile
device. That means being able to kick the heat off when you’re on
winter vacation, then start it back up on your way home. It cuts
back on utility bills, and it’s a convenient, easy way to be a bit
greener at home.
Keep up with energy-efficient HVAC trends and let your clients know
all of their options. Some people may think eco-friendly technology
is bulky and cumbersome, but it’s quite the opposite!