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HVAC Trends That Are Boosting Energy Efficiency

No one wants to trade the comfort of their home during a scorching summer in Eatonton, GA for energy efficiency, but everyone wants to save money when they can. Fortunately, there are some recent trends in the world of heating and cooling that have significantly improved energy efficiency.

Smart Home Automation

One of the most revolutionary trends we’re seeing right now is smart home automation. While there are smart lights, smart doors, and any other number of options, there are also smart thermostats that allow you to control your home’s heating and cooling from your phone, tablet, or another mobile device. The ability to turn on your home’s AC just before you get home means that you don’t have to spend money on an air conditioner running while no one is there to enjoy it.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

When many people think of HVAC units, they picture the large, bulky units that sit outside a home. While these units are common, there are other options on the market, including geothermal systems. Buried in the ground outside of your home, geothermal HVAC systems rely on the natural temperature of the earth and a series of pipes to cool your home in a more energy-efficient manner. Not only are geothermal HVAC systems more energy efficient, but they are also much more environmentally friendly.

Variable Speed Control Options

Heating and cooling equipment is typically designed to operate at “peak load.” That means that the unit is built to run at the largest heating and cooling load that it’s capable of. However, these systems still often run at partial load. When a system is built to run at peak load but operates at partial load, it reduces efficiency. With this in mind, the HVAC industry has started looking for ways to implement variable speed controls, allowing systems to operate efficiently, even when they aren’t running at their full capacity.

VRF Systems

VRF is an acronym that stands for variable refrigerant flow. These systems have become increasingly popular as the industry has started to look for alternatives to the traditional split AC units. VRF systems allow the homeowner to dictate how much refrigerant is flowing through the system at a given point, meaning you can allow your system to run less when your home is empty without sacrificing comfort while you’re home.

We Have the Answers You Need

The team at Superior Heating & Air wants you to enjoy maximum comfort and maximum efficiency. We understand that you should never have to choose between the two. If you’re looking for a way to keep your home comfortable without having to spend an excessive amount on monthly utility bills, contact us today.