Is Your 10 Year Old Furnace Wasting Your Money?
Did you know that upgrading your furnace and air conditioning unit could save you up to 50% on your heating and cooling costs per year?!
According to American Standard, customers are reporting 50% savings based on old unit rating of 10 SEER and a new unit rating of 20 SEER, 33% heating savings based on an old unit of 60 AFUE, and a new unit rating of 90 AFUE. That’s significant, especially in the face of uncertain economy and rising fuel costs.
Finding a new unit that fits your price range may be at the top of the list, but many benefits come from finding which SEER/AFUE value and unit size will provide you with the highest-quality AC and Heating efficiency – and in turn, maximize your monthly utility savings. Seem complicated? Don’t worry, we have experts to guide you through this.
You can look at your old AC unit’s SEER Rating and tonnage and use our calculator to figure out how much you could save per month with a new unit with a higher energy rating. You can also look at the same figures for heating by finding your old units AFUE and comparing it to a more efficient unit.
Here are a few tips on how to choose which AC system is right for you!
What are SEER and AFUE Value?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, also known as SEER value, is the standard in which an air conditioner’s efficiency is measured. SEER is based on the ratio of the cooling output of air divided by its energy input during the typical cooling season.
The Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency, also known as the AFUE, is the standard in which a furnace’s efficiency is measured. AFUE is based on percent of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. Like calculating miles per gallon on your car, the SEER and AFUE ratios are a maximum efficiency rating that depends on several variables.
SEER ratings range in value from a minimum of 13-14 SEER to a maximum of 21-25 SEER. AFUE ratings range from a minimum of 60 AFUE to 95 AFUE. The higher the SEER/ AFUE rating, the higher the energy efficiency you will be provided.
It’s important to understand the variables like the size of your home and your HVAC system when deciding which rating is right for you.
Calculating the correct heating and cooling system size for your home can make a world of difference when it comes to energy efficiency. If your AC is too small for your home, it can cost you a lot more utility bills to cool it down. A proper calculation is measured in “tonnage.” A ton is a measure of the air conditioner’s ability to cool.
Other factors like location, insulation and square footage will help decide what size AC your home needs. A professional HVAC technician can help in this process and determine what system will work for your home.
What To Look For in an AC Company
Always do your research ahead of time when deciding which HVAC contractor to use. Understanding what you’re paying for and what you’ll be getting can be make or break factors.
It’s also important to view the company’s service ratings and reviews. These can help decipher who has a good reputation and what you’ll likely experience if you hire them to replace your system.
Why should you choose Norman HVAC?
At Norman Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, our pledge to you is honesty and integrity. Our licensed technicians are equipped to help give you the best possible service on all your HVAC needs.
Norman offers 24-hour emergency services, competitive pricing and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact us today to learn more about our AC replacement services.