Heating and cooling your home in St. Charles City, Missouri, is more efficient and affordable than ever. You can lower your utility bills, help the environment by reducing pollution, and make your house more comfortable. Some new technologies can reduce noise and help you save space as well. They initially might cost more, but you can eventually get your investment back through power conservation. They can also increase the value of your home. Here are some energy-saving innovations in the HVAC industry you should know about:

Variable-Speed HVAC Systems

A variable-speed HVAC system can automatically increase or decrease its fan speed in increments to fit your needs. That way, you won’t waste energy by running your fan at full speed when you don’t need it. You can also keep the air inside your home more comfortable.

Since variable-speed systems keep running longer at a lower speed, they do a better job at controlling the humidity and filtering the air inside your home than standard units. As a result, they can improve your indoor air quality by removing dust, dirt, pet dander, pollen, biological growth and other contaminants from your home’s air. You’ll prevent allergy symptoms, bad smells, colds and other issues.

Programmable Thermostats

You can set a programmable or smart thermostat to turn down your HVAC system automatically when you leave for work or go to sleep. Then, it’ll return your home to a comfortable temperature about half an hour before you return or wake up. Some models can connect to motion sensors or cameras to learn your family’s routine over time.

With many other programmable or smart thermostats, you can set separate temperatures for different zones or areas. This is called zoning. It can let everyone in your home choose the temperature they prefer for the bedroom or the place where they spend most of their time. It’s also a simple way to save energy without dealing with added discomfort.

Many thermostats can connect wirelessly to your computer or phone. As a result, you can make changes or get updates from anywhere. Some programmable thermostats even give you regular maintenance reminders and monitor your home’s humidity and indoor air quality.

Ductless Systems

Ductless or mini-split HVAC systems have an outdoor condenser or compressor attached to one or more indoor air handlers. A conduit for refrigerant connects them instead of ductwork. As a result, you’ll never have to worry about leaky ductwork or dirty ducts. Ductless systems are easier to install than conventional units. That makes them ideal for a new addition or renovation.

If you want to replace your HVAC unit with a ductless system, your installer will seal your air registers and your ductwork to keep pests, dirt, dust, and other contaminants out of it while you’re not using it. That way, you won’t have to get your ducts maintained or cleaned regularly. If your system has more than one indoor unit, you can easily add a programmable thermostat with zoning.

Dual-Fuel Heat Pumps

A standard heat pump is inefficient when the temperature outside is at or below freezing. Fortunately, you can enjoy the added efficiency of a heat pump when the weather is warmer. Then, you can use a backup heating system when it’s extremely cold.

A dual-fuel or hybrid heat pump has heating coils that work like an electric stove or gas furnace. A special valve lets your system know whether it should heat your home with its heat pump or its backup system. You can also switch between fuel types manually. Tax credits are available to help you upgrade to a dual-fuel heat pump and save energy.

Averill Heating & Air Conditioning is a Trane Comfort Specialist, and we’re committed to 100-percent customer satisfaction. We received the Angie’s List Super Service Award in 2016 and 2017, and we have 45 years of heating and cooling experience. We can help you take advantage of new technology to save energy and increase your family’s comfort. For honest, exceptional service, call us anytime at 314-328-0437.

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