When you are shopping for HVAC equipment, you need to look past the price tag to find out the actual cost. Understanding the lifetime cost will help you have an accurate picture of what you're really spending when variables like energy, water and maintenance are included.
Heating your interior space consumes more energy than anything else in your household. Because of that, you need to follow these steps in order to save yourself money on energy:
- Assess your current system: If your equipment is 15 years old or more, it is definitely time for a heating and cooling system upgrade. If you're indoor air is uncomfortable or your utility bills are rising those can be telltale signs as well.
- Find a great contractor: The furnace upgrade won't be as beneficial as it should if it isn't installed and serviced correctly. Actually, it could work worse than your old one if it is not properly installed. Don't just settle for any provider; demand the excellent service that you deserve.
- Compare return on investment for the models you're considering: If you can find the annual fuel efficiency rating of your current system, you can use that to discover the savings, in dollars, you should see by the end of the first year. Look at the total you spent on energy last year then multiply that by the improvement in energy efficiency.
- Repair weaknesses in the entire system: Maximize the savings by sealing air leaks, adding insulation and updating ductwork so the entire system will work as efficiently as the furnace.
Doing these things can cut your energy usage drastically. New furnaces are usually about 15 percent
more efficient than a standard furnace but the savings can be much higher than that if your current system is old or in bad repair.
If you would like professional help with this process, contact the furnace upgrade experts at Russell's Heating and Cooling
. We've been providing high-quality HVAC service to the Hampton Roads area since 1977 and we would like to help you save money on your energy bills.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about furnaces and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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