As a homeowner, you’re concerned about rising energy costs and the effects on your household expenses. Did you know that by upgrading your home’s furnace and air conditioning system, you can cut your yearly energy costs by as much as 40 percent?
Your home’s central HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system provides warm and cool air to all the rooms in your house through a series of ducts within walls, ceilings and floors. A central system is the quietest and most efficient way to heat and cool your home, but if you have an older HVAC system, it’s not providing optimal energy efficiency and savings.
In the average American household, heating and cooling costs account for as much as 45 percent of annual utility costs. If you have a furnace or air conditioner that’s not energy efficient, that system is costing you a lot of money by running harder and longer to provide adequate heating and cooling. New Energy Star qualified models have advanced features that allow energy-efficient cycles, cleaner air, energy conservation and savings.
The efficiency of central HVAC systems is regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy. Gas furnaces must have a minimum AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) of 78 percent, and air conditioning systems must have a minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) of 13. New Energy Star qualified models have much higher efficiency ratings with AFUE of 90 to 95 percent and SEER of 14.5.
If your central HVAC system is 10 to 15 years old or older, consider upgrading to an energy-efficient, Energy Star qualified Trane installation that will provide maximum energy efficiency and savings. For more information contact us at Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning.