If you’re like most homeowners, there are only two times you give any attention to the HVAC system in your home: when something goes wrong and when you get a particularly high utility bill after cranking the AC in the summer or the heat in the winter. But you don’t have to wait for an outrageous bill or a complete system failure to consider investing in upgrades that will increase efficiency. Here are a few good reasons to invest in a high-efficiency HVAC system post haste.
- Increase efficiency. I know what you’re thinking: duh. Obviously investing in a high-efficiency HVAC system is going to increase efficiency. But it’s important to understand what this actually means if you’re going to spend the dough to upgrade your system, especially since it can be a major expense for the average homeowner. Every portion of your HVAC system, from the machinery that makes up your furnace and AC unit, to the ducts that carry air to your living spaces, to the thermostat you adjust when you want hot or cold air, plays a role in overall efficiency. So while upgrading just one element can probably show an increase in efficiency, a comprehensive effort will show greater results and ensure that all aspects of your HVAC operation provide you with peak performance and optimum energy efficiency.
- Lower costs. The best part about increasing the efficiency of your home heating and cooling system is that you can see the savings when you receive your utility bills. In addition to the peace of mind you get from conserving energy rather than wasting it, you’ll find that upgrading to a more efficient system could reduce your heating and cooling costs significantly. For example, just using a programmable thermostat appropriately could result in savings of 10-15%, whereas combining this item with a zoning system can save you up to 30% on average HVAC costs. This can help a lot when it comes to offsetting up-front expenses.
- Make the most of related upgrades. Your HVAC system features many components, including your furnace and air conditioning unit, ductwork, ventilation, thermostats, and in some cases sensors, electronically-controlled dampers, and more. If you’ve already gone to the trouble of hiring a home energy auditor and following suggestions to reduce waste and increase insulation, ventilation, and overall airtightness of your home, then you’ll want to make the most of your efforts with a high-efficiency HVAC system designed for optimum performance.
- Regulate your interior temperature. All homeowners want to create a comfortable interior environment for themselves and their families to enjoy. And a high-efficiency HVAC system is largely designed with this goal in mind. With high-performance equipment, zoning, and programming options at your disposal you can easily engineer an indoor atmosphere that ensures comfort for the whole family.
- Protect the environment. Greater energy efficiency requires you to cut waste and implement upgrades designed to deliver the same heating and cooling you’ve come to expect, but with a lot less energy consumption. And when you replace your HVAC equipment for this end you have the opportunity to reduce pollution and do your part to keep our environment clean and green, in addition to the other benefits you’ll enjoy as a result of your upgrades.