5 Benefits of HVAC Systems in Your Home

Heating and cooling is one of the largest energy consumption in the average American home. The U.S Department of energy puts it at 48% of the total energy usage in the home. This can often result in huge power bills and as such necessitates the need for American home-owners to re-evaluate the decisions they make when it comes to HVAC systems. A high efficiency HVAC system is just one of the solutions you can turn to.

The following are just some benefits of choosing a high-efficiency HVAC system for your home.

1. Durability- They Have Longer Life-Spans

High efficiency HVAC systems are designed for more efficient on-off cycles and as such last longer than other system. To further improve their durability, you are advised to routinely check and conduct maintenance on the system. The use of a smart thermostat will also ensure you can continue to use the air conditioning services for many years without having to replace the system.

And the routine maintenance is neither expensive nor time consuming. You can have the system checked every one in while by a professional just to ensure that it’s working properly. These systems are built to last for many years and manufacturers take this durability factor quite seriously, using only the most reliable of materials. This is true even for the ductless HVAC systems which because of their small size and easy installation can seem like they don’t last for too long.

2. They Add Value to your Home

Aside from significantly lowering the power bills you have to pay; a high efficiency HVAC system will also increase the market-value of your home. This is particularly a great benefit if you are planning on putting the house on the market in the future. When buying a home, buyers will assess the HVAC repairs that need to be made, or if the system requires replacement as well as the cost of energy bills. If all of these are above par as compared to other homes in the market, you can sell the home at the asking price or higher and won’t have to worry about lowering your price.

And it helps if the HVAC system you’re using is solar powered. The prospective buyer will relish the idea of paying as little as possible in power bills. In fact, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development puts the value of homes with a solar powered HVAC system at up to 20% in terms of increased value and many states don’t charge property tax on the added value.

3. Reduced Energy Consumption

Because of their high efficiency levels, you can expect to see a significant reduction in energy consumption which translates to reduced energy bills. They also provide the additional benefit of reducing your carbon footprint as a direct consequence of low energy consumption. And the best part is that they do all that without compromising on the comfort you expect of a good HVAC system. To ensure your carbon footprint is significantly reduced, look for a HVAC system with the Energy Star Logo on it.

Better yet, look for a solar HVAC system instead. More than 1 million American homes are switching to solar power for their needs for a reason. Not only do you further reduce your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint, solar gives you the chance to lower your bills sometimes even to zero. That’s right, with a solar powered HVAC system, you can re-direct the power to other functions thereby reducing your consumption and bills. If you have an even more powerful solar system, you can use it for all your electricity needs, reducing your power bill to zero and even selling the excess to the power company for extra cash.

4. Tax Incentives

Not only is a high efficiency HVAC system a good idea when you want to reduce energy costs, you can benefit from cash and tax incentives just for purchasing one. This should reduce the initial cost of buying and installing the system which is good news especially when you plan on selling the home in future. If you buy a solar powered system for instance, you benefit from 30% tax federal tax credit and some states will also give you further credits. There are also additional money-back rebates that certain states will offer you and considering that solar installations are not charged sales and income tax, you stand to benefit in numerous ways.

It is also much easier to install a high efficiency system since it will be plugged in to our existing electrical system. And if you are planning to make the switch to a solar HVAC, some systems can be modified to be solar ready using a single module, no lengthy overhaul needed.

5. Get More Control

Older systems don’t give the user much control over their heating systems. The high efficiency HVAC systems come with a programmable thermostat that gives you the freedom to control the temperature in your home as you see fit. Some of these thermostats even allow you to control the temperature in your home remotely, using your smartphone.

The technology factor further increases when you choose to use a ductless HVAC system. This type of system doesn’t require major renovations to be installed and improves air quality but is also one of the most technologically advanced. Ductless systems have been known to incorporate various high-tech features like dehumidification modes, timers and auto-restarts to make the system more practical but also give you more control. Some even come with Wi-Fi capabilities to allow them to be remotely controlled. A ductless system will also provide more flexibility in the installation, allowing you to separate your home into indoor and outdoor zones. In this system, each indoor unit will have its own thermostat, allowing you to turn off the system in places where it’s not needed.

With so many benefits no matter which HVAC system you choose, you may be thinking of switching to a more modern perhaps ductless or solar-powered system. The benefits are attractive and the installation process may not be all that involving but it’s important to ensure that you get a quality HVAC system from a reputable company. The last thing you want is a system that doesn’t perform as expected or breaks down after only a few years of service.