HVAC technology continues to advance every year. Manufacturers working with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy have aimed to design heating systems that are more environmentally friendly and less wasteful of energy. Current models of furnaces and heat pumps are far more efficient than the models of only twenty years ago—sometimes as much as 20% more effective at converting energy into heat.
How does this translate into savings for you, the homeowner? There is no simple answer for this, because it all depends on what kind of high efficiency heating system you have installed, your home’s insulation, and how much heat you use in general. However, we can give you some rough ideas of the savings you’ll get with high efficiency heating in Atlanta, GA, thanks to studies from the U.S Department of Energy.
For help choosing and installing a high-efficiency heater, contact South Air Inc. today.
The savings from high efficiency heating systems
The U.S. government’s Energy Star program recommends homeowners with heaters older than 10 years have a professional inspect it so see if it should receive an upgrade to an Energy Star-approved model. From the Energy Star website: “Depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200.”
If you install a furnace with an AFUE rating (annual fuel utilization efficiency) greater than 90%, you will probably save around $20 a month during the height of the heating season. This does depend on how well your home is insulated, however.
Switching to a heat pump is one of the best ways to save on energy use during the winter: the Department of Energy conducted tests and discovered an average family of four saved 30%-40% off their heating bills compared to a family using an electric furnace.
These savings won’t happen with improper installation
The Energy Star website gives a warning that we very much agree with: a poor installation of your heating system can reduce its efficiency by up to 30%. Make sure you only hire professionals to handle your heating installation, or else you could lose all the advantages of going with a high efficiency heater.
South Air Inc. can take care of installing your high inefficiency heating system so you will get the most from it. We will also help you select the model that will benefit you the most. Contact us today when you’re ready to upgrade from an inefficient older model to superior heating in Atlanta, GA.