If you have reached the time to replace your HVAC system, be sure to choose a model that provides maximum energy efficiency. Choosing the best system for your situation requires some research to see which brands provide the features you desire while meeting your needs.
Many factors determine how energy efficient an HVAC system will be and how well it will perform. Here we’ll discuss these factors so you can get maximum savings on your energy bills.
Learn About ENERGY STAR
One of the key features when choosing a new HVAC system is its ENERGY STAR rating. It is a government program that strives for more energy efficiency. In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), the program has helped motivate manufacturers to increase energy efficiency since 1992.
The ENERGY STAR certification is granted to appliances that meet specific requirements. This program has helped consumers save more than $450 billion on energy costs. Besides saving money on utility bills, when you purchase ENERGY STAR-certified products, you may be eligible to receive tax credits and rebates.
Choosing the Most Energy-Efficient HVAC System
Different types of HVAC systems are naturally more or less energy efficient. Heat pumps tend to be more efficient than stand-alone furnaces and air conditioning systems. Instead of generating heat, heat pumps pull the heat out of the air (or ground) and transfer it. Here we’ll break down some of the most popular products.
Heat pumps use some electricity to run the compressor, fan, and circulation pump. In winter, they pull heat from the ground and moves it into the home. In summer, they pull the heat from the indoor air and disperse it outside.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
This is the more energy-efficient type of heating and cooling system. As its name suggests, a geothermal heat pump utilizes heat from the ground. A system of pipes is buried outside your home to either extract heat from or disperse heat into the ground. In areas with extremely cold temperatures, this can be a better option than a conventional heat pump.
Multi-Zone Mini Split Heat Pumps
This type of system consists of a single outdoor unit and multiple indoor units. These can be ducted or ductless systems. Ductless systems tend to be more energy efficient because you’re not losing conditioned air via the ducts. Some of the most recent models use inverter technology for greater energy efficiency and automatic temperature adjustments.
Ductless Split System Heat Pumps
Ductless Split System Heat Pumps have only one indoor unit for every outdoor unit. However, you can have multiple single-zone units to condition more areas of your home. This is one of the most affordable options. It efficiently provides heat control for one particular area.
Another important consideration besides the ENERGY STAR certification is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). It rates the efficiency of an HVAC system according to the changes seen throughout the cooling season. For 2023, the DOE raised the minimum rating to be able to sell and install an air conditioner. The minimum efficiency varies by region, with southern regions like Texas requiring more efficient ratings.
If you live in a place where the climate is hot and dry most of the year, you will want to pay attention to the Energy Efficiency Rating (EER). This measurement rates your HVAC system’s peak efficiency. In this case, the EER is more important than the SEER. You want to choose a system that scores at a ranking of 13 EER or higher to ensure you have the most energy-efficient system.
Choose an Experienced HVAC Company
Since 1997, Kane Heating And Air Conditioning has served Harker Heights, Hutto, Round Rock, and surrounding areas in Texas. We have the expertise to help you choose the most energy-efficient HVAC system. If you suspect it is time to replace your old unit, we will conduct a comprehensive inspection and provide the best recommendations that make sense for your property. We will assess your unique case by observing the size of your property, sun angles, and other key factors that must be considered when installing a new HVAC system.
In addition to offering installation, repair, and maintenance for your HVAC system, we also provide duct cleaning, attic insulation, and indoor air quality services. Schedule a consultation today and allow our team at Kane Heating And Air Conditioning to assist you in choosing the most energy-efficient HVAC system for your home!