Like many American’s today, the COVID-19 virus has given us a reason to see where we can cut costs. One of the easiest places to cut costs is to reduce high energy bills from an outdated heating and cooling system. In this blog, we will explore why energy-efficient HVAC systems are better for your home and pocketbook.

The first question is, what does an energy-efficient rating mean?

Now that you know that you want to buy a new system for your home, it’s time to know what energy-efficient means and how it will help you save money. Energy-efficient units are determined by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The SEER determines energy efficiency by a seasonal average rather than specific conditions. The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficient a unit is.

In January 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined that HVAC units had to have a SEER of 13 or higher to be considered energy efficient. Most homes that have HVAC systems older than 2015 have a SEER of 10. You can check your SEER number on your current unit by looking for the Energy Guide sticker.

How much can you save by a simple upgrade?

Even if your unit is less than 10 to 15 years old, how much can you save by upgrading from a unit with a SEER of 9 to a unit with a SEER number of 13? You would be reducing your power consumption by about 28%, saving you an average of $300 on your yearly energy bill.

Another way to save is by understanding your HVAC unit’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). What does AFUE calculate? It calculates how much fossil fuel is consumed by the system when it is converted into heat. For instance, a modern HVAC system has an AFUE of 98. An older model can have an AFUE of 70. The newer model turns 98% of the fossil fuel into heat, whereas the AFUE of 70 only turns 70% of the fossil fuel into heat. According to HVACHVACOPCOST.COM, if you upgraded your 70 AFUE unit to 90, you could save up to $1035.00 on your heating bill annually.

What should you do if you are frustrated with your high monthly energy bills?

Call us at (812) 389-8480 and schedule a time where one of our experienced HVAC technicians can come out and do a service call to determine whether you can save money by doing maintenance on your existing unit or whether it’s time to upgrade for long-term savings.