Have you just moved into a fixer-upper? Or perhaps you’re ready to remodel one or more rooms in your existing home. Either way, you may have realized that your residential heating and air conditioning systems are not up to par.
While some homes have combined heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), others may have separate units. Still others may have separate air purification systems to reduce and/or remove allergens and other contaminants from one or more rooms.
If you have a separate natural gas furnace, which is the most common in the United States, you may be aware that these tend to last between 15 to 18 years. If yours is around this age or older, you may want to purchase a new high-efficiency model. These newer systems have an annual fuel utilization efficiency of 90% to 98.5%, which is considerably more than the older models.
On average, heating and cooling combined utilize roughly half, or 48%, of a home’s energy usage. When it comes to maintaining cooler temperatures, 2/3 of American homes use air conditioning units. These tend to cost American homeowners over $11 billion a year. When well-maintained, however, these systems can provide cool air for several years.
If you have a traditional duct system, were you aware that you may be consuming 30% more energy?Furthermore, traditional ductwork systems can experience cooling losses of up to 40%. As with natural gas furnaces, cooling systems are also available in more energy-efficient models. Savings of 20% to 50% are possible when switching to a high-efficiency model.
Depending on several factors, you may want to have a ductless mini split cooling and heating system installed. These may be the best choice for heating and/or cooling specific rooms in your home.
When you speak with a contractor that specializes in providing residential heating and air conditioning services, be sure to ask them about your heating and cooling options. They will also be able to recommend the most-efficient units so that your home is comfortable throughout the year.