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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Technology Snapshot & Benefits:
HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) refers to the equipment, distribution network, and terminals that provide either collectively or individually the heating, ventilating, or air-conditioning processes to a building.

Estimated Cost Savings:
HVAC accounts for 40% to 60% of the energy used in U.S. commercial and residential buildings. This represents an opportunity for energy savings using proven technologies and design concepts.

Issues:
HVAC systems have a significant effect on the health, comfort, and productivity of occupants. Issues like user discomfort, improper ventilation, and poor indoor air quality are linked to HVAC system design and operation and can be improved by better mechanical and ventilation systems. In existing buildings, envelope upgrades are often necessary to maximize comfort and energy efficiency, such as reducing envelope leakage. (Click on the link below to read the complete article.)

Residential Buildings

Videos On This Topic:

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From Other Sources:

How to Save by Maintaining Your Furnace and Hot Water Heater (2:31) - The Home Depot - In many homes, the furnace and hot water heater are the third largest energy expense.  This being said, it is important to make sure that your system is working at its highest possible efficiency.  To find out more about how proper maintenance of your HVAC system can help you save money, watch this short video from The Home Depot.

Home Heating Tips and Alternatives (1:53) - The Home Depot - In this short video, find out about some easy ways to help maximize the efficiency of your home heating system.

More Information On This Topic:

Energy Star: A Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling

Energy Star Checklist for Maintaining your HVAC Equipment

Kansas State University: Selecting a Home Heating System

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse: Cooling Your Home Naturally

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse: Programmable Thermostats

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse: Cooling Your Home with Fans and Ventilation

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse: Energy Efficient Air Conditioning

 


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