In the Commonwealth of Virginia, residential electrical costs average nearly $1,600 per household each year. Around 44 percent of that amount goes toward keeping you warm during the winter and comfortably cool in the summer. Understanding how electrical needs impact HVAC efficiency can help you select a system that saves you money for years to come.
Demystifying Electrical Terminology
In many ways, electricity is like water coming out of a faucet. Turn it on, and the water is forced out of the tap. The flow rate is determined by the water pressure and by resistance factors like the size of the pipes. Electricity works very much in the same fashion:
- Voltage - The pressure that pushes electricity out of an outlet is called "voltage." Each Volt represents a unit of electromotive force.
- Resistance - Factors like the use of conductive materials weaken the electrical flow. The amount of resistance is expressed in ohms.
- Amperage - The strength of the electrical current is measured in amperage. Each ampere, or "amp," represents the amount of current produced by one volt under one ohm.
- Wattage - A watt is a unit of electrical power equal to one ampere operating under the pressure produced by one volt.
When selecting HVAC components, you will need to make sure that they are the right size of your home. This will include considering electrical requirements and your home’s electrical output. Our HVAC technicians will assess these factors to ensure your safety and that you get the most out of your equipment.
Optimize Your Savings
When determining which HVAC system is best for you, keep in mind the importance of proper installation and preventive maintenance. In Central Virginia, your best bet is to consult your local experts at Air Excellence, Inc. as soon as you need service or a replacement system. To explore your energy-saving options, take a look at our extensive range of HVAC services and products or call us at 804-885-3888 for more information.
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