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How Can I Tell How Efficient My HVAC System Is?

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:27 PM

energyguide labelHave you ever noticed the yellow Energy Guide labels on appliances? The Federal Trade Commission also requires that they be on all types of heating and air conditioning equipment to help homeowners know how much energy a product will use. A contractor may not remove, alter or cover this label.

Get an Accurate Rating of Your System

But what you see is not necessarily what you get. The manufacturers test the equipment as it would most commonly be installed in a home. Your system could actually be more efficient if improvements were designed into it. Professional HVAC contractors know how to get the most efficiency from a particular system by properly matching it with the right accessory components. To get an actual rating, ask your contractor to provide an official certificate showing the specific rating for your system.

Proper Installation is Key

Your system could also be less efficient if it was not installed correctly. The EPA’s EnergyStar program reports that new equipment can perform 30% less efficiently if proper installation techniques are not followed. And any system that is not maintained over the years will eventually get lower efficiency than the design standard.

Consider Energy Efficiency when Upgrading

If you are planning to replace your heater or air conditioner soon, energy efficiency will likely be something you consider, and with good reason. Home heating and cooling makes up the largest percentage of the average home’s utility bill. Do you want a furnace that will cost less to run each month but may cost more initially? Do you use your air conditioning enough to make it worth buying a more efficient unit? Your HVAC professional can help you make the best choice for your home and your budget.

For more information about energy efficient home heating and cooling equipment, contact the experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling

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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

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