Why is High Efficiency Air Conditioning Worth the Extra Up-Front Cost? Long Term SavingsPublished on: August 30, 2012
With today’s advanced technology in the HVAC field, you have numerous choices when you contact us for air conditioning installation. You should consider investing in a unit that will provide you with a high level of energy efficiency as the system will pay for itself over time.
Keep in mind that an efficient unit will cost more initially, but the reduction in your utility bills is significant. Also, with less energy consumed, you’ll be helping the environment. When you’re shopping for an HVAC unit, manufacturers include several energy efficiency ratings, which will help you choose the best device for your home. Once you contact our company for air conditioning installation, we can guide you toward an efficient system.
During your HVAC shopping adventure, be sure to check the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio as the number listed will inform you of the system’s effectiveness. The unit will have a black and yellow tag attached, which will list several numbers, such as the SEER rating, HSPF guide and Energy Star assessment.
When you review the SEER grade, you should see numbers from 16 to 23. If you buy a unit in this range, then your new unit will run at 14 percent greater efficiency than your old system. Once you call us to complete your air conditioning installation, you could have a unit that will increase your home’s energy efficiency by 40 percent.
The Heating Season Performance Factor will help you determine how efficient the device is during the winter, and for the best savings, you should buy a unit rated from five to seven. The system’s Energy Star grade will guide you toward a unit with a high overall efficiency rating.
With today’s cost of living on the rise, investing in an efficient unit is a smart decision as you’ll be reducing your overall energy costs for many years.
Indoor Air Quality
When you spend more for an HVAC unit with a high-grade energy efficiency rating, it will provide better air quality in your home. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report stating that poor indoor air quality is negatively affecting human health. In fact, poor air is now among the top five health risks.
After we finish your air conditioning installation, your new device will eliminate contaminants from your home including pollen, dust and cleaning substances. If you or a family member suffers from allergies, then your allergy symptoms should decrease.
When you upgrade to a unit with greater energy efficiency, you’ll continue to save money by completing routine maintenance. You must change your system’s air filter regularly as a debris filled filter will prevent air from circulating through the unit, which will decrease your system’s effectiveness.
Another HVAC area to review is your thermostat setting. You should consider investing in a technologically advanced thermostat that you can program. You can even purchase a Wi-Fi thermostat, which will allow you to control the cooling and heating in your home from any locale. You can use your smartphone to change the setting if you are going to be away from home. With a programmable thermostat, you can set the device to change temperatures throughout the day according to your schedule.
Sizing Your Unit
Before we complete your air conditioning installation, we’ll measure your home to determine the correct unit size for your dwelling. In fact, we will use the Manual J method to calculate the size of your system. With Manual J, we will measure the size of your home and count the number of windows your home includes. We will also review the number of people who live at your residence and include your home’s kitchens and bathrooms in our assessment.
When you have the right unit size, you’ll have a system that will ensure your home’s temperature is comfortable without causing an increase to your energy expenses.
Other Ways to Improve Your Home’s Efficiency
You should review your home’s insulation as proper insulation will assist your HVAC unit and reduce your energy expenses. You may consider ordering an energy audit, which will bring an assessor to your home for an inspection. He or she will check your home for leaks and review your utility bills over the last year.
When you contact our service team for annual or biannual maintenance, we will check your home’s ducts for leaks. If we locate a leak, then we will repair the area, which can save you approximately 10 percent in energy expenses.
We can also install a zoning unit in your home, which will send cool air to the rooms in your house that you are using and prevent the rooms that you are not currently using from receiving air.
When we complete your air conditioning installation, you’ll have a unit with a high level of energy efficiency that will reduce your utility costs and carbon footprint.