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Is a “High Efficiency” HVAC System Really Worth the Extra Cost?
08 Sep
By: Climate Control
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Energy efficiency gets a lot of popular press, but there always seems to be a trade-off. And when it comes to HVAC systems, the story is no different. Sure, you might save some money in the long run. But is the cost really worth it?

Understanding HVAC Energy Efficiency

When it comes to your home cooling unit's energy efficiency, the rating you should pay the most attention to is the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating). Basically, it measures the ratio of cooling capacity to power input. Also, the higher the number, the more efficient the unit is.
For heating, the HSPF rating is what you’re looking for. And just like with the SEER, higher is better.

Efficiency is Relative

Over the years, the EPA has steadily increased the minimum SEER and HSPF values for cooling and heating units. So if your unit is more than ten years old, you’ll likely see a significant decrease in your monthly heating and cooling costs when you replace it with a new unit.
However, if your unit is only a couple of years old, the minimum ratings are already pretty high. Jumping up a point or two isn’t likely to do much.

Efficiency Requires More Than Just Replacing Your Old HVAC Unit

Even if your unit uses energy efficiently, it won’t help much if your home has poor insulation or drafty ductwork. If you really want to boost your monthly savings, a whole home energy audit will assist in determining other weak spots in your system.

Ready to Get Started on Your Home’s Energy Audit?

Visit us online to contact our friendly team of experts at Climate Control today; we’ll help you identify all the areas where you can improve your home’s energy efficiency!

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