Purchasing an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) replacement system can have a profound effect on your financial stability, safety, and overall comfort level in your home. HVAC contractors rarely advertise their equipment or installation services as cheap, with good reason. While a brand new HVAC system is not something homeowners should purchase on a whim, it is considered a quality and reasonable investment millions of Americans cannot live without. While the home air system is a very basic concept of creating suitable living conditions, owners often focus on the purchase and installation, and the contractor they will use, rather than cost of actually running their devices every month. If you’re guilty of this thinking pattern, you are not alone. HVAC replacement options for economical spenders are available, if you know what to look for.
The United States Department of Energy (DoE), along with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) set strict guidelines for manufacturers and HVAC regarding the energy efficiency level of home appliances, including an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating. In simpler terms, the higher the percentage rating is, the better the appliance is for both our environment and your utility bills. The top of the line is labeled Energy Star, and will have at least an eighty three percent (or above) rating.
How Ratings Impact Utility Bills
Furnaces generate heat through a duct system. As the most common heating source of residential homes, oil and gas furnaces with high AFUE ratings include advanced blower motors, and are up to fifteen percent more efficient than traditional models. If fifteen percent doesn’t seem like a huge discount for your family, consider that furnaces are responsible for an estimated twenty-nine percent of the average homeowner’s utility costs each year.
Similar to a combustion heating system, an electric air-source heat pump moves heat through your home, rather than converting it from a fuel. When used in a moderate climate region like the southeast and installed by certified HVAC contractors, this equipment cashes in at nine percent energy savings compared to new standard systems, and an astonishing twenty percent compared to an older low-efficiency setup.
Geothermal heat pumps operate by using the same method as the air pump, except the exchange medium is sourced from the earth’s temperature a few feet below your home rather than the air above. The benefit of natural ground sourcing is a consistent temperature, allowing the geothermal pump to deliver a steady amount of energy to heat your home, instead of fluctuating energy amounts to stabilize the outside air. Regarded as the most efficient option for residents considering an HVAC replacement, the geothermal technology is over forty-five percent more efficient. The initial investment of the heat pump may be slightly higher, but the return is significantly greater financially.
If you are interested in providing cleaner air to your home, reducing maintenance fees, and lowering your utility bills every year, the professional HVAC contractors at Bardi offer Atlanta residents a large selection of Energy Star products, no matter which style works best for you. HVAC replacement is only your first step toward financial freedom from standard systems. Bardi specialists will gladly work with you to design a personalized annual maintenance plan contract, protecting your new and improved system for life.