Benefits of Installing a High-Efficiency HVAC System
Want to know the biggest energy hog in your home? It’s your HVAC system. That’s why as a homeowner, making smart decisions about your heating, cooling, and ventilation process can make a difference on your utility bills as well as your comfort levels.
1. A/C & Furnace Cost Savings
Replacing an older furnace with a high-efficiency one can begin saving you money on your very first bill. Furnaces are measured by AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). Many older systems operate around 65% AFUE, meaning 35% is simply lost up the flue pipe. High-efficiency units operate at 93% to 98% AFUE, meaning less is being wasted every time it’s put to use. That means it’s better for the environment and your pocketbook.
Just like your furnace, replacing an older inefficient A/C can save you big time. Air conditioning systems are measured by SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER, the bigger the savings. Older systems operate in the 8 to 10 SEER range. New units range as high as 25 SEER, and this will save you 8% to 10% per increased SEER point. High-efficiency systems will pay for themselves over the units life time, allowing you cool, dry, and most of all — affordable air.
If your HVAC equipment is more than a few years old, it may be time to upgrade to a new, high-efficiency HVAC system. Learn more about costs & savings and find out the average costs by state.
Because of newer technology, today’s HVAC equipment produces more even heating, helps maintain a constant temperature in every room in your home, provides consistent levels of airflow, and has superior humidity control. All of that adds up to a more comfortable home to live in.
High-efficiency systems have variable speed motors that ensure airflow at the perfect level throughout your home. Variable speed motors increase the static pressures in your ducts, giving you more air at each register. Along with better airflow, variable speed motors operate at super energy-efficient levels, allowing you to run your fan year-round, filtering the air constantly without a major jump in the power bills. Better airflow means more comfortable temperatures in every room, which helps keep the air healthier as well.
Older models begin to shake, rattle, and roll every time they start a cycle. Today’s modern equipment has sound-absorbing materials in place that ensure your equipment is felt but not heard.
5. Environmental Impact
If going green is important to you, an upgrade will point you in the right direction. High-efficiency systems use up to one-third less fuel than older models, which means they help conserve more of our natural resources.
High-efficiency systems come with a variety of options. They come with programmable thermostats to help control temperatures throughout the day. They offer the newest in technology, which can introduce everything from solar to geothermal technology into your home. Your priorities can lead the way to install the best equipment for your situation.
7. Increased Resale Value
Thinking of selling your home in the next few years? A new high-efficiency HVAC system can give your home the leading edge. Prospective homebuyers look for benefits, and this can be a major checkpoint on their list. And by installing now, you can easily show the difference it makes in the utility bills.
Choose R.S. Andrews For Your HVAC Installation
Is now the time to replace your HVAC equipment? We can inspect your current system, determine which new system is best, help you choose a system that will suit your home and family’s needs, and install your new unit.