Your Heating and Air Conditioning Has Unused Capacity


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In today's rough economy sufficient reason for utility costs rising, we all want to save money. Most people are paying more than they should for utility costs every month because their heating/air conditioning system isn't be used to its capacity. Your heating and air conditioning system includes the ductwork and filter.

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A lot of people think if they have 97% efficient furnace and newer ac system that they are doing everything they're able to to save money on heating & cooling their property. In most homes as a consequence of poor duct design the systems are operating well below a 60% of rated capacity. Quite often when a high efficient air-con system is installed having a poorly designed duct system the efficiency worsens. This happens because the high efficient air cooling coils are larger and restrict air-flow more than a smaller coil.

Studies preformed by National Comfort Institute as well as the Department of Energy have found that a lot of homes with forced air heating & cooling systems have 40% or better of unused capacity.

This is simply not hard to understand if you think about it. If you have a forced air heating & air conditioning system you are paying to condition air.

Unused capacity will be the amount of air your heating & cooling can do conditioning but can't because it is not there to condition. Every minute that your burners are on inside your furnace or ac compressor is running any unused capacity is just wasted energy.

One way to think about this: You have a tub you must hand fill with water.

You want to fill the tub with 50 gallons of water: You have a 1 gallon bucket. but instead of filling the bucket which has a gallon water and dumping 50 times. You fill with ½ gallon water and dump it 100 times.Your capacity was 1 gallon nevertheless, you only used ½ gallon with the bucket which took more energy to fill the tub.

A forced air comfort system (Furnace and/or Air cooling System) is doing the same if it is not have the proper amount of air through the system. Remember you are paying to conditioning air. It is precisely what you want it to perform.

Very few people and this includes most of Heating, Cooling professionals don't consider it as a system.

They look at it as a Box (Furnace or Outside Condensing Unit for Air-con. (This is not knocking any contractors; unfortunately this is just what we are taught. Most of the training in the Heating & Cooling Industry comes from Furnace and Air cooling Manufacturers and their job is usually to sell equipment not maintain existing equipment or repair inadequate ductwork.)

Each time a furnace and ac system is installed and airflow is not addressed your odds of winning the lottery are better than the actual results of that new Super High Efficient Equipment delivering what you were told it was going to do

You may low cost but to really lower your expenses the equipment needs to run less and also the best way for this to happen is perfect for it to be sized properly, (Most devices are oversized) we still believe bigger is way better. Your equipment must be as small as possible. Meeting an adequately preformed load calculation for your household or business then it needs to be used to capacity. Sorry that is getting off topic.

Throughout that few things I would like you come away with are:

You will not have just a furnace and/or air conditioning equipment you have a Comfort System.
Your Comfort System's Job is always to condition air. (All Year Long)
If you have never had an airflow analysis it would be a wise investment. You may find that some duct renovation would have been a very good investment.