Is Cost the Only Incentive for Energy-Efficient HVAC Systems?
For most homeowners, cost savings are among the most important considerations they must make when selecting an HVAC system. That’s not surprising, of course: financial considerations are an everyday reality for the majority of Americans, and it’s these attempts to save a little money that usually get people to start considering purchasing energy-efficient HVAC systems.
Other homeowners, however, might still be on the fence, despite the evidence that a more energy-efficient system will save them a good deal of money. After all, there are other considerations, and often, homeowners worry that the costs of installation and maintenance of a new, highly efficient HVAC system will offset any savings. While it’s true that installing a new HVAC system can be pricey, the expense can pay for itself in the long run, provided the unit is regularly maintained.
The question remains, however: is cost the only incentive for choosing energy-efficient HVAC systems? Or are there other reasons to opt for a new, more energy-efficient model? Read on for our thoughts on the subject.
These days, of course, there’s lots of pressure to go green, as in, reduce your energy usage and your carbon footprint. Opting to have a new, more energy-efficient HVAC system installed is a great way to do this. They’re more energy-efficient and they use less electricity or fuel, putting less carbon into the atmosphere.
Most grid-based electricity is still produced by burning oil or other fossil fuels, meaning that excessive electricity usage has a big impact on the environment. An HVAC system that uses less electricity will have a significantly smaller carbon footprint.
Older, less-efficient HVAC systems also make use of a refrigerant known as R-22, which has been found to be a major offender in climate change and ozone depletion. Starting in January 2020, its use is being phased out. Modern, more energy-efficient HVAC systems use a different refrigerant: R-410-A, which doesn’t have the same negative environmental impact. R-410-A also requires far less energy to reach your desired temperature, rendering it both cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
A Quieter Home
Many old HVAC units tend to make a lot of noise, whether it’s a consistent, obnoxious drone or a loud sound every time it turns on or off. Who hasn’t been awakened by the sound of a heater first thing in the morning? Well, it turns out that newer, more energy-efficient heating and cooling systems also make far less noise, due to state-of-the-art sound-absorbing materials utilized in their construction. You’ll be able to sleep soundly, without being rudely awakened by the sound of your heater starting the process of warming your home.
Note, however, that this quieter functioning depends greatly on how well the HVAC unit is installed in the first place. It’s a good idea to have a certified HVAC specialist from Entek work with you to install your new heating system in a way that takes advantage of your home’s insulation to reduce noise.
Improved Air Quality
The air quality in your home has a major effect on your overall health. Allergies and incidences of cold and flu are reduced when the air is cleaner.
There are several reasons why a modern, efficient HVAC system can improve the air quality in your home. First, modern HVAC systems must meet recent, up-to-date emissions regulations, meaning they’ll put fewer pollutants into the air. They also have ventilation systems that are much improved over earlier models, meaning they filter out a good deal more dust and impurities.
Another simple reason why you may experience improved air quality when you upgrade your HVAC system: your HVAC contractor will ensure that your ductwork is clean and up-to-date when they perform the installation and maintenance of your new system.
Using the latest technology also gives you an unprecedented level of control over your heating and cooling. You’ll be able to focus your air conditioning on specific rooms. You won’t waste any energy or money cooling rooms that no one is in. You can also adjust your thermostat with your smartphone or program your heater to turn on and off whenever you would like. This way, you won’t waste any energy heating your home when you aren’t there, but you can also turn the system on while you’re on your way home so that your home will be nice and warm when you arrive.
Fewer Repairs Are Needed
The newer your system is, the less time and money you’ll need to spend repairing it. Many homes have old, somewhat run-down HVAC systems that seem to require constant repairs and maintenance. If you have a good HVAC technician, like the ones at Entek, you might not be too concerned about this, but eventually, that old system will break down and need to be replaced. Why not replace it before it experiences a catastrophic failure? Contact Entek for information about an upgrade.
Because newer HVAC models are more energy-efficient, they also tend to have a longer life span. More efficiency means significantly less wear and tear on the equipment, which means less maintenance is required over the years. Less maintenance means cost savings, as well as improved convenience for homeowners. Often, newer models will come with a warranty as well, saving you even more money in the long run.
Possible Tax Credits
You’ll save money on your energy bill with a more energy-efficient HVAC system, of course, but you’ll find yourself saving money in other ways as well. For example, many areas offer tax credits when you install more environmentally friendly models. Tax credits, rebates, and other incentives offered by the government are another major reason to upgrade your HVAC system. These incentives aren’t offered in all areas, but they may be offered where you live. Check your local ordinances to discover if there are any tax benefits available for homeowners utilizing more energy-efficient HVAC systems.