If it’s been a while since you last upgraded the HVAC system in your Lockhart, Texas, home, it’ll surprise you how much the technology has changed. Want to take your air conditioner, heat pump or furnace to the next level? From smart thermostats to zoning systems, take a closer look at seven recent HVAC trends.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Energy-efficient heating and cooling systems have come a long way during the past two decades. If your current HVAC system isn’t Energy Star certified, you could be wasting substantial energy and money every time you heat or cool your home.

HVAC systems that have Energy Star certification have met or exceeded national efficiency standards. They can help you go green while lowering your utility bills.

High-Tech Cooling Features

Keeping your Lockhart home cool doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you invest in an air conditioner that boasts the latest high-tech cooling features. For example, variable-speed air conditioners have the power to adjust the airflow in your home automatically. They can keep your family comfortable without wasting energy.

Scroll compressors can give refrigerant extra pressure and use less energy. They provide air conditioners with more power to cool your home in less time.

Smart Thermostats

If you haven’t replaced your old manual thermostat with a Wi-Fi-enabled model yet, this is a great time to take the plunge. The smart thermostats of today can connect to your home’s central hub and become a key part of your smart home.

When our team installs a Nest thermostat for your HVAC system, we can connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi network. We can show you how to program it, and make sure you can log in and adjust it from your smartphone. Not only can a smart thermostat add convenience but it can also help with energy savings.

Aeroseal Duct Sealing

Most ductwork systems develop cracks, leaks, and general wear and tear as they age. Over time, this wear and tear can cause HVAC efficiency and performance issues. But duct repair and sealing can help.

In recent years, Aeroseal has taken duct sealing to new heights, thanks to its innovative process and great results. This process involves spraying a liquid substance into ductwork, applying pressure to force the material to adhere to cracks and seal leaks.

Zoning Systems

If your home is on the large side, a standard HVAC system can’t always keep your family comfortable. That’s especially true if your home has more than one floor or areas that receive much more sun exposure.

Zoning can effectively turn one heating and cooling system into a multifaceted system with two or more areas that have separate climate control settings. Introducing zoning systems is as easy as installing a series of dampers in the ductwork and adding thermostats for each zone. They can help take your comfort and energy savings to the next level.

Ductless Systems

If you don’t want to deal with ductwork, consider a ductless heat pump or air conditioning system. These mini-split systems connect indoor units directly to outdoor units, and a single unit is designed to cool one room or an isolated part of your home.

They can be smart additions to parts of your home that can be challenging to heat or cool, such as sunrooms, new additions and newly finished rooms. They’re a great option if you don’t want the hassle or added expense of new ducts.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

If you really want to go green, geothermal heating and cooling could be a great investment. This type of system draws energy from the ground under your home, helping you reduce your carbon footprint substantially.

A geothermal heat pump can be a major investment. But these durable, low-maintenance systems can be great choices if you’re seeking a long-term HVAC investment.

Whether you’re planning a new air conditioner installation or you want to learn more about smart features for your current cooling system, we’re here to help. Call the HVAC experts at Woods Comfort Systems today at 512-842-5066.

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