Today’s HVAC consumers are inundated with all sorts of news regarding energy efficiency and the new breed of furnaces, air conditioning systems, and heat pumps. Since 1992 and new federal regulations, manufacturers have stepped up their game when it comes to energy efficiency and no one these days is producing HVAC equipment that is extremely inefficient. It’s no surprise, however, that some consumers are confused when it comes to all the new advances and terms like “SEER” or “HSPF,” and many are wondering if the perceived cost savings associated with new energy-efficient HVAC systems actually does result in reduced energy bills. Are people really saving as much as 50% on their monthly energy bills?
What Is the Truth When It Comes to Energy Savings?
Some consumers do save 25% to 50% on their energy bills after installing a new HVAC system. Unfortunately, many may not be seeing those great savings. According to some experts, only a small number of newly installed heating and cooling systems achieve the cost-savings that was promised.
Did the rating lie? Ratings can be useful, but there’s more to energy efficiency than merely the manufacturer’s proposed rating. It’s important to remember that energy-efficiency ratings are measured in a laboratory setting where the variables are all controlled. As you probably are aware, your home or business isn’t a laboratory setting. Variables can affect the operation of your system so you may not get all the savings you anticipated when you installed it.
In a recent study of public utilities, nine out of ten new systems showed energy waste due to installation errors. One of those variables that can definitely impact your system’s efficient operation. According to the EPA, if your new system is over-sized, poorly designed, poorly connected, improperly charged, or the duct system is poorly designed, the unit isn’t going to achieve its rated efficiency. It’s no surprise, therefore, that experts often find 12 SEER air conditioning systems performing at the 7 SEER level.
Three Reasons Your New System May Not Be Operating Efficiently
1. Your new HVAC system may be the wrong size, either too large or too small, for your home.
2. Your existing air duct system might have major hidden deficiencies you haven’t corrected (or discovered).
3. Your new heating or cooling system may have been installed improperly.
Home owners need to understand that these are three of the most common problems that affect heating and cooling efficiency. Too often, homeowners will mistakenly buy a larger furnace than their old one to correct the hot or cold spots. In such cases, it’s typically a problem with the ducts or the home’s insulation.
At Comfort Control we are definitely aware of issues with poorly designed ducts and ductwork. By addressing some of those efficiency variables like the ducts, you can improve the efficient operation of your heating or cooling system–and for an affordable cost. If you believe you aren’t getting the efficient operation you banked on, our comfort expert can provide a ductwork efficiency test to provide you with the answers you need. We can then make the fix you need for improved energy efficiency.