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Creating an energy-efficient home can serve both your wallet and the environment

Which HVAC is right for your home? White Rock experts share a few points to consider
The Greenway Mechanical team champions strategies that enhance home efficiency and promote environmental sustainability. Photo courtesy of Greenway Mechanical.

With a focus on balancing long-term benefits with immediate necessities, Greenway Mechanical champions strategies that enhance home efficiency and promote environmental sustainability.

“Many investments can significantly boost efficiency and cut long-term costs at home, but the reality is, they’re not always immediately affordable for everyone,” says Juno Kim, of Greenway Mechanical.

The right HVAC system can help.

Investing in efficient HVAC systems

When considering a new HVAC system, the choice of technology can make a substantial difference in both comfort and cost. “We recommend HVAC systems with higher Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) ratings,” Kim says.

Systems boasting a SEER rating of 20 or above are deemed highly efficient, curbing energy costs and benefiting the environment by reducing unnecessary consumption.

Variable speed compressors stand out in their ability to adjust cooling output based on the actual needs of a residence, thus enhancing energy efficiency and comfort. These systems respond dynamically to the conditions within the home, offering precise cooling that avoids the wastefulness of traditional fixed-speed units.

The role of smart technology and maintenance

Advancements in technology offer significant opportunities to reduce energy usage. Smart thermostats are a game changer, according to Kim. These devices allow programmable schedules and remote adjustments, ensuring energy is used only when necessary. “If you forget to adjust your thermostat when leaving home, you can easily change settings remotely, which helps in reducing unnecessary energy consumption,” Kim adds.

However, technology is just one part of the solution. Regular maintenance is crucial. Replacing air filters every one to three months, conducting professional inspections annually, and keeping coils and fins clean can prevent efficiency losses and extend the lifespan of HVAC systems.

Enhancing structural efficiency

Improving a home’s structural elements can also lead to significant gains in HVAC efficiency.

“Proper insulation in attics and walls, along with sealing leaks around doors, windows and ducts, reduces the workload on your HVAC system,” Kim explains. Additionally, employing energy-efficient windows and reflective blinds can diminish heat transfer and keep homes cooler without extra cooling expenses.

“Depending on the size and setup of your home, different systems like central air or mini-split systems might be more appropriate,” Kim says. This customized approach ensures that each client receives the most effective and efficient solution.

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