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Filter Cleaning

A dirty filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to
provide cooling . Since there is a restricted airflow the heat removal
capacity of the evaporator coil also decreases . It can also lead to
premature compressor or fan failure .
References :ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
http://web.ornl.gov/~webworks/cppr/y2001/rpt/27190.pdf
https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac

Thermostat Setting
One can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply
turning your thermostat back 7-10F for 8 hours a day from its normal
setting .Typically a setback of 1C will save about 1-2% .
This can be acknowledged from the fact that the insulation heat loss from
a building envelope is directly proportional to the difference in the outdoor
and the indoor temperature .
Q=UA T

Q= heat loss
UA = Product of the U value and A is the area
T = Difference in outside and inside temperature
http://www.energyvortex.com/pages/headlinedetails.cfm?id=2150
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1308283/pdf/jaba000410059.pdf
http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERSBPI/bid/50152/If-You-Think-Thermostat-Setbacks-Don-t-Save-Energy-You-reWrong
http://www.healthyheating.com/downloads/Thermostats/nrcc48361.pdf

Programmable Thermostat

According to Energy Star possible energy saving from a programmable


thermostat is 10-30%.There primary function is to adjust the building
temperature according to a series of programmed settings that result at
different times of the day . A programmable thermostat allows reduction
of these losses by allowing the temperature difference to be reduced at
times when the reduced amount of heating or cooling would not be
objectionable.
Reference:https://www.energystar.gov/ia/partners/prod_development/revisions/downl
oads/thermostats/Summary.pdf
EPA 2013
Energy Star

Low E Window Films


Approximately one third of a buildings cooling costs can be attributed to
solar heat gain through windows. Low E Films reject up to reject 75 % of
the solar radiation and thus can help reduce cooling energy costs by 515% .
https://www.boma.org/sustainability/inforesources/Documents/WindowFilmWhitePaper.pdf
http://www.vista-films.com/en/energy-efficiency.aspx
http://www.llumar.com/window-film-solves-familiar-energy-efficiencyissues-413

AIR SEALING
Energy Protection Agency(EPA) estimates that users can save an average
of 15% on heating and cooling by air sealing their homes. Two major
causes of heat gained in buildings are:-

1. Exfiltration/Infiltration Heat Gained :- Heat gained inside the building


due to cracks ,small holes .
2. Heat Gained Due to Doors and Windows :- Heat gained due to large
openings such as doors and windows .
Reference = https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?
c=home_sealing.hm_improvement_methodology
http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/how-performheat-loss-calculation-part-2
http://members.questline.com/Article.aspx?
articleID=21224&accountID=1289&nl=11875

False Ceiling
False ceiling can help reduce cooling demand by reducing the heat gained
from roofs by providing a layer of air insulation. Also by decreasing the
room volume it significantly reduces cooling requirement .
http://www.aun.edu.eg/journal_files/158_J_2667.pdf
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/431505/false-ceilings-realbenefits.html