Your November Money Saving Tip: Is Your HVAC System Is a High-Efficiency Unit?Posted on
Do you ever get those notices in the mail from your energy company, comparing your usage to your neighbors, only to find you’re the neighborhood over-achiever (and not in a good way)? You’re, shall we say in Garrison Keillor terms, “well above average”? If you haven’t gotten one of those notices, you’re lucky. This means your HVAC system is likely a high-efficiency unit, which, according to ENERGY STAR, lowers your annual energy costs as much as 20% on heating and cooling. Those are savings that can really add up to a nice family Disney vacation. Even better, if you’ve recently upgraded your system in your existing home, you qualify for tax credits of 10%, up to $500. Here’s a link to information on the tax credits you qualify for, with the deadline of December 31, 2016: https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits
How to Know If Your System is High-Efficiency…or Not
To give you some background, in the HVAC world, the top SEER score (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rate) is 20, which is the number your HVAC system should be achieving if you’ve recently purchased a new unit. This SEER number depicts the measurement of energy and money being spent to convert your air into cold air. Just a decade ago, the normal average score was six to eight, going even lower as the system aged.
When you have a low-efficiency HVAC system, it’s costlier to maintain and sustain. How do you know for sure? If your HVAC system were a poker player, here are their “tells” in the game:
- You don’t have a programmable thermostat, even though your home is void of occupants, beyond pets, much of the day.
- There’s so much dust everywhere, the white glove test has become the charcoal-gray glove test.
- The heat pump, air conditioner, furnace or boiler are from the George W. Bush administration, or older. Also, they are rather noisy.
- You’re requiring numerous repairs on your existing system.
- You are hotter in some rooms of your home, and colder in other rooms. The air temperature is never consistent.
- You can’t control the humidity in your home anymore – it’s either too dry or too humid, neither of which is good for your family’s respiratory systems, hair or skin.
Your Home Energy Yardstick score is below a five. To check on that, here’s a handy link:
Naturally, high-efficiency systems are recommended for safeguarding your indoor environment, and in the grander scheme of things, our outdoor environment as well. If you would like to have your system energy assessed for its SEER score, air quality, or wish to explore replacement costs, please give us a call at 1-888-MY-ROSCOE. We always want you and your family living comfortably in your home environment.