With today’s high energy prices, and depending on where you live, replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with ENERGY STAR-qualified equipment listed in the CEE Directory can cut your annual energy bill by nearly $200.
But before you invest in a new cooling system, talk with a qualified HVAC professional or obtain an energy audit to determine if there are additional steps you should take to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating and cooling system so that it operates less, while maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home.
Purchasing a new system is one of the largest investments you will make in your home, so it is important to learn all you can about maintaining its efficiency and seeing a return on your investment by achieving lower monthly energy bills. Working with a qualified HVAC professional is a good place to start. A quality contractor or technician will make sure you receive a quality installation that optimizes your system’s efficiency and can provide you with regular system maintenance to maintain optimal efficiency.
When replacing HVAC equipment, bigger doesn't always mean better. If the unit is too large for your home, you will be less comfortable and might actually have higher utility bills. Oversized equipment may result in short run cycles, not allowing the unit to reach efficient operation or properly remove humidity from the air — resulting in an uncomfortable home. Your contractor should determine the right size for your HVAC equipment by using ACCA/ANSI Manual J or an equivalent sizing calculation tool that takes into account specific information about your home.
To maintain your system’s efficiency, you may wish to talk to your system installer about how you can obtain a service agreement to receive priority service and regular system checkups.