As we’re realizing more and more our effect on the environment and planet as a whole, there is an increased focus on energy efficiency. That means that everything from televisions to toaster ovens is marketed as using less energy and being less expensive.
While this is all well and good and every little bit has a positive impact, we often forget about the big stuff that can make a big impact. One of the workhorses of your household, particularly during the summer season, is your HVAC system.
While it may seem extravagant to talk about upgrading your HVAC to an energy-efficient system, there are lots of advantages to making the change.
Environmentally Friendly Climate Control
While there are plenty of benefits to you and your household, one of the biggest plus sides to upgrading to energy efficiency is to the environment.
HVAC systems use a lot of energy and contribute to the depletion of our resources. Further, air conditioners also contribute to the emission of greenhouse gasses.
In hot, urban areas, the expulsion of warm air from the air conditioners can create a total heat zone and impact urban weather patterns. By utilizing more energy-efficient climate solutions, you’ll contribute less to the negative impact on the environment from the cool comfort of your home.
Better Technology Means Lower Bills
It’s possible that when you think about money and upgrading to a more efficient HVAC system you only think about how expensive it could be. However, upgrading your systems actually can be cheaper in the long run. Here are a couple of big ways:
- Older systems waste more energy. There is a measurement called annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). This shows how much energy your system is losing. Older HVAC systems can have an AFUE rate of 70, meaning they lose 30% of their energy. Modern systems have AFUE scores of 93 or above, meaning the energy your system uses goes right into cooling your home, lowering your bills.
- In addition, many state and local governments offer incentive programs to upgrade to something more energy-efficient, lowering the upfront costs. There are several programs in the Lincoln area alone. If you have questions about current programs, our experts at John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, and Air would be happy to answer any questions
Higher Efficiency Means a More Comfortable Home
While being greener and saving money are both huge components, the most important thing about an HVAC system is that you are comfortable in your home.
The technology of newer systems makes the climate control of your house more precise and more consistent.
As just one example, newer systems use variable-speed motors as opposed to the older and simpler on/off option. This means that newer systems can keep airflow moving through your house more intelligently, getting you to your desired temperature faster and keeping it there constantly.
Comfort is a big win in new systems. If you are looking to spend the summer in comfort while staying green and saving green, a call to one of our certified HVAC specialists at John Henry's Plumbing, Heating, and Air will help. Give us a call at (402) 809-1116 and we’ll get you on the right track.