High Efficiency HVAC Products – A Good Investment
December 23, 2014
There is a lot of hype in the media about the benefits of high-efficiency products and the perks they carry for both the environment and your home – but how much of it is hype?
While high-efficiency appliances and HVAC products will definitely cost you less per kilowatt hour (kWh) than your older, lower efficiency models, it all depends on the product you are purchasing in relation to the products already in your home. Older models can run at an efficiency level of 60 per cent or less, meaning that switching to a model that runs at 95 per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) has the potential to save you a fair bit of money yearly. If you are using a product that already has a fairly high efficiency rating, the savings might be much lower than expected. This doesn’t mean that it is not a good investment, but it is something to take into account while shopping.
That is why it is important to do your research! Just remember, you don’t have to buy the first product that has a high-efficiency label on it. To earn that label means you meet minimum requirements – nothing more. There are many products out there that reach far beyond this minimum, so always make sure to pay attention to the EnerGuide label to get more specs on your chosen product. Choosing a reliable brand that carries a high efficiency rating will help keep your energy bills lower while providing peace of mind.
After you have found a product that meets the requirements for both your home and your efficiency goals, make sure to have it installed by a professional service. Do-it-yourself may sound like a good idea, but an improperly installed furnace could lead to serious issues in the long run. At the very least it could lead to your new HVAC appliance working at less-than-peak efficiency, counteracting the benefits of a high efficiency product; at worst it could lead a dangerous and potentially lethal carbon monoxide leak.
There are a lot of factors to take into account when looking to install new HVAC products in your home, but as long as you make sure to do a bit of research and hire a reliable, professional service to perform the installation, both your heating bills and the environment will thank you.
While the savings have been exaggerated in the past, it cannot be denied that high efficiency products are worth more than the hype that surrounds them.
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