Just because your aging home heating and air conditioning system is still functioning doesn’t mean your home is as comfortable as it could be. And what about your energy bills? Could they be lower?
It might be time to think about replacing an obsolete heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system with new, more energy-eﬃcient equipment. Before you experience a system failure, take time to do your homework, so you can make an informed decision regarding new equipment.
Begin by inviting a certiﬁed technician to inspect and service your home’s current HVAC system. North American Technician Excellence (NATE)-certiﬁed technicians, for example, can identify existing or potential problems, take steps to repair or avoid them and, if appropriate, recommend a new system that better matches your heating and cooling needs.
Use this time to become knowledgeable about eﬃciency ratings, cooling and heating capacities and other factors that aﬀect equipment performance. It’s also a good idea to research the types and brands of systems available.
Think about where a new system will be installed. Do you require an outdoor unit, or will you need to install the unit in a basement, attic or closet?
4. Think Green
Taking an environmentally friendly approach to equipment purchases and installations can improve the indoor air quality in your home and reduce your carbon footprint. Fortunately, this approach usually results in increased energy savings, too.
5. Shop Around
Look for a unit sized for the heating and cooling demands of your home, and ensure your home has suﬃcient insulation and the duct work is properly sealed. Otherwise, you may lose some of the eﬃciency your new system oﬀers.
Be sure to remember when you are shopping around Fire & Ice Heating & AC are certified comfort experts with York! We will get you the highest quality equipment, best warranty and the comfort you deserve for a fair price!
Conserve, Lower Bills, Increase Efficiency
With winter weather comes colder outdoor temperatures and the desire for a warm and comfortable home. Following these 10 tips will help you conserve energy, lower utility bills, increase the efficiency and longevity of your heating system and maintain comfortable temperatures in your home.
Seal Your Home
Use drapes and blinds to reduce heat loss through windows. However, windows with direct sunlight may benefit from having the blinds up during daylight hours, as sunlight can help heat the space.
Clogged gutters and drains can form ice dams that prevent your drainage system from working properly and lead to water seeping into your home. Be certain that dirt slopes away from your house to ensure rain or snow will drain away from the house.
Check your insulation
Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
A fan that runs clockwise pushes warm air downward and recirculates it through the room.
Clean your fireplace
Buy ENERGY STAR® products
Appliances such as furnaces and bulbs to light your outdoor pathways or porches and save money.
Replace furnace filters regularly
Clean filters help to improve airflow and efficiency while lowering utility bills. ENERGY STAR", a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recommends checking your filter every month, especially during heavy-use months, and if it looks dirty, change it. At a minimum, change the filter every three months.
Schedule a furnace inspection
Buy an energy-efﬁcient furnace or heat pump
Annual fuel utilization eﬃciency, or AFUE, measures the eﬃciency of a furnace – the percentage of energy consumed by the furnace that actually heats your house. The higher the AFUE, the more eﬃcient the furnace and the greater the amount of heat delivered for your money.
When shopping for a high-eﬃciency furnace, choose one with an AFUE of 90 percent or higher. A heat pump’s heating eﬃciency is expressed as heating seasonal performance factor, or HSPF. As with AFUE, the higher the HSPF, the more eﬃcient the heat pump is. Consider buying a heat pump with an HSPF of 8 or higher.
Everyone wants a furnace that’s reliable, efﬁcient and quiet. And while performance and energy savings are frequently discussed, system noise is often an afterthought. So here’s what you need to know about making sure your furnace is as quiet as possible.
The higher the AFUE rating, the lower the noise.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efﬁciency (AFUE) is the rating used to indicate the efﬁciency of a furnace in converting fuel to heat. In short, the higher the AFUE rating, the more efﬁcient the furnace and the quieter it will be. AFUE ratings range between 80 percent to a maximum of 98.5 percent, so look for a higher rating.
Single-stage, two-stage or modulating technology also impacts furnace sound levels. Single-stage gas furnaces are either on, or off. This operation has the potential for ﬂuctuating temperature and sound in your home, as the unit turns on and off frequently.
Two-stage gas furnaces, on the other hand, offer an intermediate level of performance. Operation varies between ﬁrst and second stage based on demand, resulting in fewer stops and starts and quieter operation, especially when the unit is running at the lower ﬁrst stage.
Modulating gas furnaces typically offer the quietest operation—in the case of variable speed models, as much as 24 times less noise than conventional furnaces. Modulating gas furnaces maintain an ideal temperature by modulating heating levels in small increments. Comfort is dramatically increased as the furnace adjusts its level of operation up or down to offset the rate at which heat leaves your home.
Check your ductwork, too