Nobody likes to have to make the huge investment of replacing their HVAC system, but doing so is an opportunity to outfit your home with new technology that can improve your quality of life. This can not only make your home run better and be more comfortable all year round, but you might actually save money in the long run by adding in some energy-efficient technology. And today’s modern HVAC units are often packed with these features.
So if you have to replace your HVAC system, we suggest making sure that these three features are included in your brand new system so you can enjoy the finest experience that modern HVAC technology can offer.
Smart homes are the way of the future, and being able to control all of your most important appliances and devices right from your smartphone or tablet is a convenience feature that you’ll quickly grow attached to. You can add your HVAC system to your home’s smart technology by buying a system that has Wi-Fi connectivity built in. The ability to be able to turn your air conditioner on before you take off on your commute home or shut it off if you forget to do it before leaving for work is invaluable. And the best part: you can do it right from anywhere in the world.
However, Wi-Fi enabled HVAC units are also capable of doing so much more. Some keep track of your energy consumption and send you reports of how much money you’ve spent on heating and cooling that month. Others can track airflow and notify you when you need to change your air filter. Some will even order a replacement air filter for you automatically when the time comes to make the change. Some even adjust themselves or shut off based on weather reports and real-time data. All of these features are designed to add to your convenience and make operation even less expensive.
Changing your HVAC system also gives you the opportunity to replace your thermostat, and we strongly recommend installing a programmable or smart thermostat for the best experience. Many smart thermostats are also Wi-Fi enabled, which means you’ll have the same ability to control your system from anywhere in the world. Some smart thermostats can even be linked in with your electronic assistant, like Google Home or Amazon Alexa for total control via your voice.
However, the biggest benefit to one of these thermostats is that they can be programmed to turn your system on and off automatically based on indoor temperature, humidity, current weather data, and more. Some of these thermostats even have the ability to learn your climate control preferences, and adjust themselves automatically to compensate for things like extra humidity, rain, hot days, cold days, and so much more.
For many years, the blower fans in HVAC systems have been constant—they’ve had one speed, and two settings, “on” and “off.” However, today’s units may have multiple speeds, and that gives you the ability to run your system at a slower speed, which reduces the energy draw and saves you money. This gives you the ability to precisely control your system and maintain your ideal temperature, all while significantly reducing the cost of doing so.
There’s another advantage to variable-speed systems as well. Because they run at a slower pace, they also reduce the wear and tear on critical components, particularly the fan. No more needing to stress about wearing out a blower motor prematurely or wearing out a fan belt by keeping your system running for air circulation—you’ll enjoy the ability to stay cool while also helping your system to last longer.