Whether it concerns your business or your household, efficiency is a quality that results in several benefits. Such benefits could range from lower isnput costs, higher throughput, and ultimately more significant profit and growth. It’s always in your favor to be as efficient as possible in most, if not all, aspects of life. HVAC systems provide many ways through which you can not only cut down your costs but increase your energy efficiency in the process.
High-Efficiency HVAC Systems
When considering your HVAC system’s cost and energy efficiency, it’s essential to consider specific measurement standards – AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) and SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
AFUE is a measure of the efficiency of heating systems such as boilers and furnaces. An 80% AFUE rating means that 20% of your input fuel (gas or oil) is wasted. Switching to high-efficiency models results in less input wastage and effectively cuts down costs. Today’s high-efficiency models provide improved airflow quality and offer a greater than 90% AFUE rating.
The SEER rating is a measure of the efficiency of air conditioners. The higher the SEER rating, the less electricity the system needs. In 2015, the minimum SEER rating for products was set at 14 by the Department of Energy (DOE). This meant that any product with a rating of 14 or higher is good. Nowadays, high-efficiency air conditioners provide a SEER rating of 17 and higher, providing excellent performance in terms of air quality, energy efficiency, and savings on utility bills.
Weighing the Costs
The initial costs of setting up a high-efficiency HVAC system is high, but the returns it offers by significantly cutting down monthly bills add up substantially. The rate of return varies depending on the climate. If you’re in a region where temperatures are high during most of the year, you could potentially see significant returns on your first utility bill. The savings are gradual for areas with mostly low to moderate temperatures, but they add up in the long run. Not to mention, the better performance gives you better air quality and hence, a healthier work environment.
Climate change has been a prevailing crisis for many years now. We must play our part to reduce the damage caused and work towards more environmentally friendly solutions.
When opting for an HVAC system that has to cater to so many standards, one needs a reliable HVAC expert to ensure everything is up to the mark. As such, Energy Control Systems (ECS) offers high-quality, certified products, backed by an experienced workforce. We have your back, from consultation to installation. Call us today at (800) 383-6956.