Posted on: Jan 28, 2016
Homeowners who have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment more than a decade old are in the enviable position of having many choices of energy efficiency improvements for their Oklahoma homes. Why enviable? Because an investment in better HVAC equipment now leads to savings and a more comfortable home for many seasons to come.
Two top energy efficiency improvements can lower your energy bill the day they are installed:
The efficiency of furnaces and boilers is measured in annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). Oklahoma homes with systems more than 10 years old likely enjoy AFUE ratings of between 75 and 85 percent. Following the federal Energy Star guidelines, you can have a furnace with an astounding 98 percent AFUE installed. This means you will see immediate and welcome savings every heating season for at least 10 years into the future.
Water heaters are far more efficient now than a decade ago. Around 20 percent of your home’s energy bill goes to providing hot water, so your return on an investment in a new water heater will be substantial. Whether using natural gas, electricity or solar power, a high efficiency water heater is one of your best energy efficiency improvements.
Energy efficiency improvements with cooling your Oklahoma home can be achieved in two ways:
The number to watch for here is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER), and when you see units with high SEER numbers, you will see savings. Central air conditioning and air-source heat pumps that meet Energy Star guidelines reach as high as SEER 19.
Adding layers of insulation in your attic and crawl space is one of the most affordable energy efficiency improvements you can make. The professionals at Airco Services, Inc. can guide you in sealing gaps, choosing the right insulation, and installing it expertly.
Contact Airco Services, Inc. today to learn how we can work with you to find energy efficient solutions for your Oklahoma home. From new heating and cooling equipment to improved insulation, we know how to build in savings you will enjoy for years to come. Your family will enjoy the comfort, too.