Did you know that in most Indiana area homes, half of the energy used comes from heating and cooling? In fact, it is by far the largest energy expense and the reason why energy efficient heating and cooling systems could have such a sizeable impact on your bills. With warmer weather in sight, Home Comfort Experts put together our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about heating and cooling systems and energy savings!
How efficient are today’s furnaces and air conditioners?
Today’s heating and cooling systems are extremely efficient. In fact since the Department of Energy (DOE) established a minimum efficiency standard for all heating and cooling systems in 1992, manufacturers have worked to continue to increase the efficiency level in each of their new models. Take furnaces for example, those manufactured prior to 1970 have an efficiency level of about 65%. Today, furnaces are at a minimum of a 78% efficiency level.
What does the ROI on a heating and cooling system look like?
The less electricity or gas that your furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner needs, the more complex is has to be to handle that reduced intake. So while you may pay more up front for a high-efficiency unit, you will save money every month on your energy bills. The actual savings depend on weather, utility costs, home’s energy efficiency and indoor temperature preferences. The Energy Star website says that if your air conditioner is more than 12 years old, replacing it with an Energy Star qualified model could reduce your cooling costs by 30%.
Which heating and cooling system should I invest in?
The air conditioner, furnace or heat pump that you should choose depends on a set of factors that are specific to your home, lifestyle and budget. It is important to get the opinion of an expert in the industry to help walk you through your choices. This is also the reason that Home Comfort Experts offers a free estimate on furnace and air conditioner replacement or installation.
Today’s heating and cooling systems are more efficient and high tech than ever. For more information about the heating and cooling systems Home Comfort Experts carries, or to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, check out our contact us page: homecomfortexpertsinc.com/contact-us.