For most people, aside from mortgage or rent payments, heating and cooling is the largest home expense. One of the best investments you can make in your home, and your pocketbook, is a new HVAC system. Yes, it’s an expense. But, instead of shying away because of sticker price shock, let’s look at all the ways a new HVAC system can help you save money.
It’s estimated that 25% to 40% of the energy used to heat or cool your home is wasted. That’s a lot of money flying out of your pocket every month. A new, energy efficient HVAC system will reduce your costs. HVAC systems have a SEER rating, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system.
Older HVAC systems have SEER ratings as low as six, which is why up to 40% of the energy is wasted. Newer systems more than double this. To achieve an Energy Star seal, the SEER rating of an HVAC system needs to be at least 15. Now, just imagine the cost savings with a system that’s rated 2.5 times higher than the one you currently have in your home.
New HVACs are equipped with technological features that earlier systems don’t have—for example, programmable thermostats and sensors that monitor temperature and the energy output of your HVAC system.
HVAC units without programmable thermostats require you to maintain a set temperature, even when you’re not at home. For example, if you want your home to be comfortably cool when you return home on a blazing summer day, you would need to set the thermostat at that temperature before you left. This results in energy being used to maintain that constant temperature even when you’re not there to enjoy it.
Additionally, temperature sensors pick up on small fluctuations, and allow the system to adapt its energy usage. While you’re heating or cooling your home, there are natural fluctuations in temperature that occur. Older HVAC systems were designed to provide a steady output of energy regardless of these changes.
New HVAC systems automatically turn off and on as needed to regulate the temperature, meaning less consistent energy usage throughout the day.
There’s no question that a new HVAC system will be more efficient than your old one, which alone is enough to save your household hundreds of dollars each year. But, along with energy efficiency, you should also consider the cost of maintaining your old system versus replacing it.
HVAC systems that are at least 10 years old will need more repairs and regular maintenance. Add these costs to what you’re already losing in excess energy expenses, and a new HVAC system will pay for itself quickly.
We’d like to talk to you about a new HVAC and air conditioner installation. Contact Hearthstone Heating & Air Conditioning today for more information.