Are you an optimizer? A maximizer? A person who wants to squeeze every ounce of value out of an investment? This blog is for you! Today we’re talking about how to make the most out of your home’s HVAC system.

These tips and tricks are great for anyone that wants to ensure top performance of their heating and cooling system. The fact is that it’s not always about the HVAC unit you have, but action (…or inaction) you take to interact with it. By understanding more about how your choices impact your home’s heating and cooling performance, you can save energy and money! 

Be Aware of Changing Energy Needs

We have all experienced the frustrating feeling of being in a dark room where there’s only one option for lighting: ON, with so much brightness it makes you squint! Sometimes we want that full illumination – like if you’re looking for a missing item. But often in the evening hours, it’s nice to have the option of a dimmer switch, or smaller lamps with a softer glow. And during the daytime, you may only need a bit of light to supplement the sunshine. The moral of the story is that your needs for lighting change throughout the day. 

The same is true for your air conditioning and heating. During certain parts of the day, week, and year, your HVAC will use more or less energy. Comfort cooling and heating systems run more frequently and for longer periods in the winter and summer months. Also, your home may need less cooling or heating during the week when the family is out of the home for work or school. 

If you’re serious about making the most of your heating and cooling system, you need to install a programmable thermostat. That will allow you to change the temperature setpoint automatically depending on your changing energy needs. To take it a step further, new smart thermostats can allow remote access to your thermostat via your smartphone. 

One more tip: don’t forget to set back your thermostat when you are leaving your home for several days at a time. 

Preventative Maintenance

The very best thing you can do to improve the long-term performance of your heating and cooling system is to ensure you get maintenance every single year. Your HVAC unit is a mechanical device with plenty of moving parts. It needs a professional service annually to ensure top performance and the highest efficiency. 

We strongly recommend partnering with a reputable HVAC company with a preventative maintenance program. One of the most valuable benefits of a maintenance program is that the company will track your service schedule for you. Here at Brody Pennell, we also take pictures of your equipment and track performance over time, which can help us provide faster and more accurate service. Plus, our members receive other benefits, like 24/7 emergency service and extended appointment times. 

There’s a reason that manufacturers require annual service as a part of warranty agreements. Maintenance helps maintain the performance and reliability of your equipment. It’s that simple!

Investing In Higher-Quality Equipment

When it comes time to replace your equipment, consider investing in the highest quality systems.  The best HVAC systems today have new technological advances that make them more efficient, work better, and break down less than the HVAC systems of years ago. 

For example, the Carrier Infinity Systems with Greenspeed Intelligence offer performance features unmatched by any other system on the market. When you invest in a premium system, you’ll get enhanced durability, improved serviceability, and outstanding energy efficiency. 

Because of the extreme energy efficiency, these high-caliber systems often qualify for discounts and rebates. Plus, financing can ease the burden of a new HVAC purchase. You can get the comfort and efficiency of a new system now, and pay later.

Beyond Tips and Tricks: Call Brody Pennell

Brody Pennell is an award-winning heating and air conditioning company that has served Los Angeles since 1945. We are the longest-standing Carrier dealer in the LA area, so you can trust that we are a reputable company. How can we help you? Contact us today!

If you’re shopping for a new AC unit, one of the big questions you’ll have to answer is whether or not you want to purchase a high-efficiency unit. An energy efficient HVAC unit can be more expensive than a conventional unit, and you may wonder if the extra expense is worth it.

While you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are reducing your carbon footprint, going green can mean putting out more money up front in order to save in the long run. Energy efficiency can save you money, but it can take some time to see these returns in reduced utility costs. Below, we’ll cover the different considerations you’ll need to make when deciding if an energy efficient HVAC system is right for you.

How Do Energy Efficient HVAC Units Work?

High-efficiency units use the same general setup as traditional air conditioners, but they usually operate on a high-efficiency motor. This kind of motor takes less power to cool the air and release it into the home. An energy efficient unit like the Carrier Infinity system has a higher SEER rating, which means that it uses less energy than a conventional system to cool the same amount of air.

The average Carrier Infinity has a SEER rating between 16 and 21, making them ultra-efficient. This results in a lower utility bill because you pay the power company for the amount of wattage you use. In fact, switching to an energy efficient unit can save you up to fifty percent on your home heating and cooling costs because of the reduced power consumption.

Smart Controls Make It Easier to Stay Energy Efficient

One way to make sure you reduce your energy consumption as much as possible is to use a smart or programmable thermostat with your high-efficiency HVAC system. Smart controls for your HVAC system can help you stay on top of your utility usage at all times.

On a typical day, you may notice that it is too cold inside your home and make a mental note to turn it down, but get distracted or busy. Before you know it, hours have passed with the cold air blowing for no good reason. Smart controls allow you to change the temperature, even if you aren’t at home. So if you leave the house and forget to turn the thermostat up, and you’re going to be gone all day, you don’t have to worry about the HVAC running for no reason. You can simply adjust it through the website or app.  Or you can program the thermostat ahead of time to raise the temperature at home when you know no one will be home, like when you are at work and the kids are at school.

Energy-Efficient HVAC in Los Angeles

With smart controls in place and an efficient unit inside the home, you’ll start to see lower energy usage and costs on your bill.  Remember, even high-efficiency units require regular maintenance and care to keep working. But these systems are definitely worth it if you’re looking for ultimate home comfort and energy efficiency.

If you need expert help with your unit, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning today at (310) 896-4911 to schedule an appointment.

Most people understand the importance of surge protection for their expensive electronics; in fact, many people would not dare to plug their electronics in without a good surge protector. Unfortunately, few see the need for surge protection for their heating and cooling systems. HVAC systems are expensive and have many sensitive electrical components. Repeated spikes in power voltage can cause expensive damage and the need for early replacement of equipment.

A minor investment in a surge protector makes smart financial sense, especially if you want to protect your home utilities. Even if the HVAC system survives each surge, every subsequent surge causes additional damage, which will shave years off the life of the system. A power surge takes place when a particular event causes the electrical current or voltage to spike for a short duration.

The most familiar source of power surges is probably lightning; however, it is, in fact, one of the least common causes. A more common cause is the operation of high–powered electrical appliances, such as refrigerators, elevators, dishwashers, and air conditioners. These appliances consume a lot of energy when switching on and off internal components such as motors and compressors. The switching creates abrupt, brief power demands that upset the steady flow of electrical voltage in the entire electrical system.

Other common causes of power surges include downed power lines, faulty wiring, and problems with the utility company’s equipment. In the modern electricity distribution systems, surges are an unavoidable occurrence; hence, it is important to invest in a high quality home power surge protection device.

A standard surge protector passes electric current along from the outlet to the appliances plugged into the power strip. When the voltage spikes or surges the device diverts the extra power into the grounding wire. Surge protectors can help, but low quality ones provide little or no protection. Whole house surge protectors, although relatively pricey, can help a lot.

Combining the point–of–use surge protector with the whole–house unit adds additional power dissipation capability. Damage is significantly reduced with quality surge protectors, both whole house and point–of–use, and good electrical installation.

Finally, it is important to call your local HVAC service technician for reliable HVAC maintenance and to check and make sure your home or business has reasonable protection against power surges.