How to Make Your Windows and HVAC Work Together for Optimal Efficiency
When it comes to home comfort, you can’t get better than great windows and an efficient HVAC system. If you put the two together, and use them efficiently, you’re in for the most comfortable living situation imaginable. Bonus, energy efficient windows can help lower your HVAC bills and reduce your carbon footprint. At Bell Brothers, we understand windows play a huge role in your home’s overall look and feel, but they can also affect the way your HVAC system works. This is why we’re showing how to make your windows and HVAC work together for optimal efficiency.
Don’t Force Your HVAC to Work So Hard
When it comes to windows, good ones make all the difference. Depending on the year, when your home was built there were limited options. We see many homes with their original wood and single pane windows. While this might have been the traditional style, it’s not helping keep your home at an optimal comfort level, nor is it energy efficient. Bell Brothers offer fiberglass and vinyl windows, both of which are great at stopping untreated air from creeping in. This alone will help give your HVAC system a rest. When untreated air is leaked into the home—often through cracks windows, ductwork, or a messy attic—it forces your AC to work harder than usual to create the normal amount of treated air. By stopping untreated air in its tracks, you’re allowing your HVAC system to run at peak efficiency which keeps your home cool and your bills low.
Another benefit to windows from Bell Brothers is that we offer a special coating called SunShield. This coating is essentially sunscreen for your home. It helps to block harmful and hot rays from getting in and unnecessarily heating your home. Which in turn allows your HVAC system to not work as hard, saving you on bills and maintenance over time.
Use Your Thermostat
If you have a smart thermostat, now is the best time to use it. Even if you’re at home during the day, programming the thermostat to the sun’s cycle can help save on your utility bills. For example, the hottest time of day is around 3 p.m. You can program your thermostat to raise the cooling during that time and drop it as the sun sets. This is an easy way to “set it and forget it” when it comes to allowing light and heat into your home. Alternatively, we’ve had customers invest in black-out curtains, or the SunSheild coating mentioned above, to keep their thermostat at an efficient and cost effective level all day.
The Difference is Clear
If your home has inefficient windows, you could be losing 30-50% of your treated air, according to energy.gov. When you lose that much treated air, it forces your HVAC system to work twice as hard to make up for the deficit. This extra strain on your HVAC system could lead to much higher utility bills, and more maintenance and repair bills over time. The harder your system has to work, the easier it’ll be for parts to fail. By using your windows and HVAC together for optimal efficiency, a small investment will have big long term savings.
Call Bell Brothers for All Your Window and HVAC Needs
Bell Brothers is a one stop shop for windows, HVAC, and plumbing. We’ve serviced the Sacramento area for the last 25 years and can guarantee we’ve seen it all. No problem is too little or too big for our technicians. If you want to make an appointment to learn how to make your windows and HVAC work together, call the number at the top of the screen.