Do you feel like you are spending too much on your electricity bill? Is your heater and/or air conditioner costing you a fortune? Then you might want to consider making a change in your life and upgrading your HVAC to an HE (high-efficiency) option.
What is HE?
In general, HE appliances will save you a lot of energy in the long run. Even if the cost of upgrading seems high, it will likely reduce your energy bill drastically. Ultimately, you could save enough money to justify the upfront purchase and then some. As far as a specific definition goes, high-efficiency heaters and air conditioners meet minimum federal standards of performance.
For furnaces, this benchmark is around 85%, depending on the type of fuel involved. To clarify, the percentage refers to the amount of fuel that is actually converted into usable heat and not wasted. The higher the number, the more efficient your unit is and the more money you will save.
For air conditioners, the Energy Star HE minimum is an energy removal ratio of 10+. This means that 10+ units of energy are removed for every 1 unit of energy that is purely used to power the machine. Again, the higher the number, the more efficient the air conditioner is.
Why is HE a Good Idea?
Aside from the obvious benefits of saving money, HE appliances can do a lot for your health and the environment. HE appliances are generally pretty modern and have all the advantages that come with newer technology. While most older furnaces might rely on pilot lights and burning a lot of gas, newer furnaces use electronic starters and burn a lot less gas. This means that there are fewer byproducts that can cause lung problems in the residents of your home.
On a more global scale, a reduction in energy usage results in a cleaner atmosphere and the preservation of nonrenewable resources. Unless you have a self-sufficient set of solar panels, then you take your electricity from somewhere that likely uses a lot of fuel. The less energy that you use to power your HVAC, the smaller your environmental impact will be.
The older your appliances are, the more advantageous it would be to upgrade to an HE option. Older appliances are simply less efficient, and that efficiency decreases further with age. In some cases, older appliances are also more dangerous than newer, more modern heaters and air conditioners. Contact a local HVAC contractor, like Home Comfort Systems, about upgrading today.