Investing in High Efficiency
Your heating and cooling equipment accounts for approximately 60% of your total utility bills. If your utility bills total just $150.00 a month, you could be spending as much as $1,100.00 a year to heat and cool your home. Would you like to cut your bills by up to $500.00 a year? If so, then read on…
The average air conditioner or heat pump made 10 years ago had an efficiency rating of 8 SEER (and that is when it was brand new). New units today have an average efficiency rating of 14 SEER. That's over 40% more efficient! Now imagine the additional energy savings if your unit is more than 10 years old. The savings are just as dramatic if you also have a gas furnace in your home. Most furnaces older than 15 years were rated at 60% efficient. New furnaces start at 80% efficiency and go as high as 95%. Some homeowners wait until their heating and cooling equipment dies before they replace it. They end up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars in excess utility bills. Don't wait until your heating and cooling equipment dies. START SAVING NOW!!
The Importance of a Properly Matched Coil
When it's time to replace your central air conditioning system or your heat pump, you'll be happier with the end result if you get all the facts up front. For instance, did you know that your air conditioner or heat pump consists of two parts; an outdoor unit and indoor unit and that if these units are not properly matched, you could sacrifice comfort and risk the failure of your system? It's a little like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
All central air conditioning systems and heat pumps consist of two parts; an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. These two parts are specifically designed to fit together as a team to provide top performance and maximum efficiency and comfort. Since both components are necessary for a working system, both parts of your existing system were originally installed at the same time. So, if you install a new outdoor unit without installing an equally efficient indoor unit to match, you won't have the right "fit".
Replacing the outdoor unit without replacing the indoor unit may offer you the lowest price, but keep in mind it won't give you the best value. In fact, your system could be up to 15% less efficient than stated. That will hit home when you have to pay higher utility bills. With unmatched components, your system may still work, but the reduced efficiency will also mean you're less comfortable. Ultimately, components that aren't properly matched can create undue stress on your system, resulting in unnecessary premature failure. Installing a matched system makes sense when you consider the sacrifices and added costs of repairing or replacing an unmatched system. You'll get higher energy efficiency, greater reliability and more comfort. Now that's a bargain that "fits"!