Furnace Fiascos Avoided

HVAC Heating Installation Upgrades For Peak Energy Performance

If you're getting a new heating system installation, a reasonable expectation is that it will be more energy-efficient than the old furnace. A whole system HVAC overall can reduce your energy bills even more. Whether you're installing a new furnace, heat pump, or radiant floors, a few add-ons and tweaks of your HVAC system could further boost energy performance.

The following HVAC upgrades alongside your new heating system will generate heat more efficiently and cleaner circulating air.

Upgrade Your Thermostat 

Continuing to use your old manual thermostat is tantamount to shutting down a quarter of the functions of your newly installed heating system. The newest generation of heating systems are smart. Sensors enable them to interoperate with other smart systems in your home. 

Smart thermostats can:

  • automatically control heating according to room temperature.
  • monitor and adjust the temperature by room through remote sensors. 
  • monitor and adjust air moisture through humidity sensors.
  • sense and communicate room occupancy with heating, humidity, lighting, and other sensors.  

Clean, Repair, or Update Air Ducts 

Your new heating system installation may hum. But if your air ducts are not in tip-top shape, the heat will not efficiently circulate throughout your home. Dirty ducts, clogged air filters, leaks, and damaged insulation all prevent heat from circulating properly through rooms. 

Leaving this old ductwork in place is like opening a window and letting half the heat escape. Newer ductwork systems use advanced materials to:

  • improve thermal and acoustical performance.  
  • reduce moisture and mold. 
  • lower harmful air pollutants and pathogens. 
  • improve the filtration of air from the heating system. 

Your old ductwork may not comply with LEED's and other sustainable building material standards. As a result, the duct materials may be releasing VOCs and other harmful pollutants into your home. Antimicrobial properties are another increasingly popular feature of ductwork. They can prohibit the growth and spread of bacteria and mold throughout your home.

Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV)

Commercial and residential building occupants are increasingly concerned about the quality of circulating air in their environment. Deteriorating air quality has led to higher demand for energy recovery ventilators to be installed together with heating installations. 

Energy recovery ventilators draw in fresh outside air. Depending on the season, the air is heated by your heating system or cooled and dehumidified by the air conditioning system. At the same time, the ERV draws in or expels moisture depending on the humidity requirements of the room.

All of these upgrades can improve the energy efficiency of your new heating system while also improving occupancy comfort and air quality. 

To learn more information about heating system installation, reach out to a professional near you.