Are you renovating your home, working on a new build or just shopping for a new HVAC system? These days you can’t afford to choose one that isn’t energy efficient, but it can be challenging when there are so many different options available. No wonder so many homeowners feel intimated as they embark on their journey – the good news is we’ve compiled some tips to help you choose your new energy efficient HVAC system.
The Size Of Your Home
What good is an HVAC system if it doesn’t adequately control the temperature of your home? If your system is too small for the size of your home then it will need to run constantly in an attempt to keep up. Then again, if it’s too large it won’t kick in long enough to manage your home’s humidity levels.
So, your first step in choosing your new energy efficient HVAC system is to know the professionals recommend around 20 BTUs for each square foot of your home.
Natural gas is an excellent fuel source for an energy efficient HVAC system, however, not everyone has the option of this. If you’re looking to avoid rising electricity bills then you can always choose a propane or kerosene system. Check with your local utility company to find out whether natural gas is available in your locale. From there you can do more research to determine what fuel source is right for you and your new energy efficient HVAC system.
If your HVAC system is outdated then there’s a good chance it stopped operating properly a long time ago. Replacing it with an energy efficient upgrade is a no-brainer because it’s going to save you on utility costs and make your home a much more comfortable temperature all year round. It goes beyond that, though. If you choose natural gas there are distributors who offer rebates for choosing more efficient appliances. You may find that utility companies and government agencies also offer incentives to encourage people to choose more energy efficient HVAC solutions.
Energy Saving Ratings & Features
You can narrow down your choices easily by looking at the ratings. If you want a very good system, keep your eyes peeled for a SEER rating of 16 (or higher). There is also the HSPF rating for heating and 9.2 is the lowest level of efficiency you want if you’re looking to improve your energy efficiency. Additionally, heat pumps and gas furnaces use an AFUE rating and you want to find one with at least 94% rating or higher.
Some systems may have energy-saving features to sway you. They tend to feature on HVAC systems that are already efficient, but it will more than pay you back. There is also the option to zone your home so you can direct your heating or air conditioning to the right areas.
Buying a new unit is the right decision – but getting it wrong could be a disaster for your energy costs and your comfort levels. So, if you’re not sure on what is right for you ask the professionals for a bit of advice and guidance.