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HVAC – Go green and save money too!

February 28, 2014

  • HVAC go greenAccording to the EPA, installing a programmable thermostat with save you approximately $150 a year. The ideal temperature setting is 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Heating & Cooling Total Annual Savings: Heating=$306; Air Conditioning=$43
    • Upgrading your gas furnace to Energy Star-labeled unit with an AFUE rating of at least 90
    • Upgrade central air conditioner to Energy Star-labeled unit with SEER rating of at least 12
    • Upgrade insulation to DOE-recommended levels
    • Seal leaks in building shell to reduce air infiltration
    • Replace windows with low-emissivity, argon-filled units
    • Insulate and seal forced air heating and cooling ducts
    • Install an Energy Star-labeled programmable thermostat
  • Hot Water Total Annual Saving: $63
    • Upgrade gas water heater to unit with Energy Factor = 0.66 or higher

    Know Your Energy Ratings

    Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) – a furnace rating that represents the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. The current minimum is 78% AFUE

    Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) – is a measure of a central air conditioner’s efficiency and performance or how much electricity it consumes. Typical SEER ratings range from 13 to 18.

    Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) – is the heating efficiency rating for heat pumps. The current minimum is 7.7 HSPF

    Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) – This is a measure of the instantaneous energy efficiency of cooling equipment. EER is the steady-state rate of heat energy removal (e.g., cooling capacity) by the equipment in Btuh divided by the steady-state rate of energy input to the equipment in watts. This ratio is expressed in Btuh per watt (Btuh/watt). EER is based on tests performed in accordance with AHRI 210/240 (formerly ARI Standard 210/240).

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