A few months ago, my air conditioner completely died. I woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, and I didn't know what to do. The next day, I called an HVAC expert, and they came out to inspect my system. It turned out that it had failed because of filthy filters and a clogged return duct, which made me sick to my stomach. I had caused the problem, and I needed to learn how to fix things. My HVAC professional taught me a few easy maintenance techniques that I didn't know before, so that I could maintain my new system. Check out this blog to learn more about HVAC yourself.
Did you purchase a home that had an old outdated furnace and no air conditioning? If so, there are a couple of options to consider before you purchase any new appliances for the home. You can get units that are going to make the house comfortable and save you money at the same time.
When you have a heating and cooling professional come to your home to tell you what the cost will be for a new furnace and possibly more, ask what the most energy efficient options will be. Energy efficient options lower utility bills and improve the resale value of the home, so ask for quotes for the two following things.
Energy Star Furnace
When choosing a new furnace you want something that has the Energy Star label because this means the unit meets the federal standards for being an energy efficient appliance. Upgrading the unit in the house can also qualify you for a federal or state tax rebate, depending on where you live and what unit you choose. When getting the new unit installed, ask about a programmable thermostat as well to help with heating expenses.
Geothermal Heat Pump
Ask about a geothermal heat pump instead of a central air conditioning unit because it works to save you money in the winter and the summer. The heat pump will pull heat and humidity out of the house in the summer to keep the space comfortable, dry, and cool, but will also help heat the house in the winter. The unit takes heat out of the earth and brings it into the home, letting the furnace run less frequently.
The geothermal heat pump can also heat the house in the fall and spring when temperatures are moderate so you don't have to run the furnace at all. Some geothermal heat pumps don't just heat and cool the home, but they also heat water, if you are looking to replace your hot water heater.
The old furnace you have now is probably sucking energy and gas, and costing you a fortune to run without getting the house as warm as you like. Consider getting the furnace replaced, and maybe having the ducts sealed throughout the ventilation system to help prevent even more air loss throughout the year. The company should also offer removal of your old heater when they come to your house to do the furnace installation.
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2 November 2015