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Understanding HVAC Operating Costs & Efficiency Factors

Understanding Efficiency & Operating Cost.

Like many other appliances, the cost of your indoor comfort system includes not only an initial price, but the ongoing costs of operation and maintenance. The cooling and heating equipment you select today will continue to impact your finances for as long as you live in your home – thus the importance of high efficiency equipment.

A Wise Investment – SEER Ratings & Energy Costs

Your heating and air conditioning typically account for more than 40% of your home’s annual energy costs. In effect, your indoor comfort system is the only part of your home that can actually pay for itself while also providing the added benefits of increased comfort and quieter operation. For every $100 you spend to cool your home using a 10 SEER system, you would spend $25 or less using an 18 SEER system. Such a difference multiplies rapidly.

Other Energy Efficiency Factors

Although the efficiency of your cooling and heating equipment will have the greatest impact on your energy usage, other factors will also help reduce energy costs.

  • Maintain Proper Humidity: When cooling during the warm humid months, you will feel more comfortable at a higher temperature if the humidity level in your home is kept between 40 and 60%. This will reduce the load on your equipment and can save 10 to 15% in cooling costs.
  • Condition Only Occupied Rooms: Zoning or programmable thermostats can control your equipment according to your family’s lifestyle and daily occupancy schedule. This allows you to eliminate the wasted energy of conditioning areas in your home that are unused or unoccupied.
  • Keep Equipment Clean: Regularly scheduled professional maintenance is also crucial to maintaining your system’s maximum efficiency. Keeping your equipment clean by using an electronic or mechanical air cleaner will help maintain your system’s optimum performance too.