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How Efficient is Your Home Comfort System?

How Efficient is Your Home Comfort System?

Are your utility bills soaring during the summer?

Think about replacing your old equipment with an energy-efficient Home Comfort System!

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Did you know that your home’s air conditioning and heating costs make up about 30% of your home’s utility bills? With that type of cost, you can’t afford to have an inefficient heating or air conditioning system.

When deciding which system is right for you, consider the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. This is used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy is consumed, so the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system operates. Efficiency in a system is crucial for any new system as it can lead to more savings on your utility bills and more comfort throughout your home.

The lowest SEER rating allowed in Nevada is 14 SEER, but there are systems available that reach 25 SEER. Not only are systems with higher SEER ratings more efficient, but they are also quieter.

Along with the SEER rating, there are also various speeds for systems ranging from single stage to variable speed, which also can save you money on your energy bill.

SINGLE STAGE SYSTEM:
Think of a single stage sytem as working either at 100% capacity or 0% capacity. So to get your system to reach 75 degrees, your system will turn on at 100% to cool down your home and when it reaches 75 degrees, it will shut off. However, when the temperature in your home hits 76 degrees, your system will turn on once again.

TWO STAGE SYSTEM:
These systems basically have a low and high setting. It runs at full capacity when you need it to and at a lower level when you don’t. Two stage units cycle on and off less frequently than single stage systems so they are more energy-efficient, but they still turn on and off throughout the day.

VARIABLE SPEED SYSTEM:
These systems blow a continuous stream of cold air into your home and rarely turn off. At first thought you may think that this will use more energy, but it is quite the opposite. Your system uses the most energy upon startup. When your system is continuously running, your system runs at a lower setting (using less energy) for longer periods of time and has fewer on/off cycles. A system costs less to operate when it turns on and off less frequently because of the greater amount of energy it takes for a system to power on. These systems are much quieter and allow you to control your temperature to the exact degree of comfort.

If you’re interested in learning more about energy-efficient Home Comfort Systems, call us to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation estimate!

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