Nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to save money. But the trick is to do it in a way that doesn’t make life less enjoyable or impact the comfort of your Jacksonville home. A good way to save money and maybe make your home more comfortable is to upgrade your older cooling and heating system to a new HVAC system. Today’s new HVAC systems utilize new components and technologies that make them more energy efficient. And that means savings for you with lower utility costs.
Consider the Savings with Upgrading
Living in the Jacksonville area, you rely on your air conditioning for at least half of the year to keep the air in your home cool. But you also rely on your system to help dehumidify the air to maintain better indoor air quality. So, your air conditioner gets a good workout every summer.
Most furnaces and central air units have an expected lifespan of about 20 years if they have been properly maintained. But even if your HVAC equipment is only 10 years old, you could save from 20 to 40 percent on your heating and cooling costs by upgrading to a new system. This can add up to significant savings when considering that air conditioning and heating can account for up to half of the energy that is used in some homes.
Today’s most energy efficient air conditioners use up to 50 percent less energy than units that were produced during the 1970s. Units that are given the ENERGY STAR designation are 15 percent more efficient than standard air conditioning units. Since January 1, 2015, new residential standards have been put in place by the U.S. Department of Energy under the CFR 430.32(c)(3) for central air units.
New Features that Save Money and Add Comfort
New HVAC systems feature upgraded component and options, such as 2-stage compressors and variable speed motors that provide additional savings for your HVAC energy costs.
Newer central air conditioners and heat pump systems are able to take advantage of the energy-saving operation of a 2-stage compressor. Unlike compressors with older HVAC systems, a 2-stage compressor unit has two levels of operation. The compressor works at its highest setting on the hottest days. On milder days, the compressor would operate with a more energy-saving low setting.
A two-stage unit is more energy efficient because it is able to keep the temperature in your home at a more consistent level, instead of frequent uncomfortable blasts of cold air. The unit also operates more quietly and is more efficient at removing humidity from the air.
Variable Speed Motors
A variable speed HVAC system offers several benefits to homeowners, with the top two being efficiency and comfort. With a single stage system, your air conditioner or furnace will go through frequent on and off cycles. But with a variable speed system, your air conditioning or furnace will run for a longer period at a lower speed, with fewer on and off cycling. Because there is less powering on and off action, you use less energy to cool and heat your home.
But it isn’t just energy savings you will experience. With longer cycles, you get improved air circulation that removes more humidity and contaminants from the air for improved air quality. Your home will also be more comfortable because you will experience less fluctuation in temperatures that occur at the beginning of cooling and heating cycles with uncomfortable blasts of cold or hot air.
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Choosing to upgrade your home’s new HVAC systems can provide for your home and family. Call Northeast Florida Heating & Air to speak with one of our knowledgeable comfort advisors.