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How Ventilation Affects Your Energy Bill Each Summer
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Residential ventilation

Does ventilation really play a role in the energy efficiency of my air conditioner?

Energy efficiency is important year-round, but we seem to think about it more in the summer than the winter because air conditioning can be so expensive. We care about being good to the planet, but the bottom line is really what we see on our energy bills. Can ventilation really be the key to reducing energy use and increasing energy efficiency? It certainly plays a role. Here’s how.

Ventilation is One of the Goals

Most people consider air conditioning systems to be just for cooling, but they really do so much more. Ventilation is an integral part of how it functions, and is one of the primary goals of any HVAC system. Ventilation is defined as the provision of fresh air to a room or building. By design, that’s what an air conditioning system does and the bonus is that it makes your house cool and comfortable at the same time.

The Benefits of Ventilation

Effective ventilation should help your HVAC system replace the air inside your home approximately every 4 hours. This seems counterintuitive to an efficient air conditioner, but it actually helps keep your system running smoothly by eliminating many of the pollutants that could get trapped inside your home if your ventilation isn’t effective. Smoke, dust, bacteria, and other irritants are moved out of your living space through ventilation. It helps remove unpleasant smells and keeps the air moving to prevent it from feeling stagnant.

What Does That Have to Do with Energy Efficiency?

In addition to providing fresh air to your home, ventilation also helps with temperature control, which increases your energy efficiency. It also helps remove moisture from the air, and when there is less moisture, the air is easier to cool, and stays cool longer. This is yet another contributor to lower energy bills.

One consideration when you’re trying to lower your air conditioning bills is to make sure you have effective ventilation. For information on proper ventilation and other ways to improve your energy efficiency contact the team at All City Heat and Air by calling 704-545-2000 or by clicking here.

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