Did you know that your air conditioner and furnace accounts for up to half of the energy used in your home? In dollars and cents, this means that almost half the money you pay toward your energy bills each month goes toward the energy expenditure of your HVAC system alone. If cutting down your utility bills is a priority, then you can quickly see why choosing the right cooling and heating system is a fundamental decision that will have long-term impact — both on your pocket, and on overall efficiency.
Among the most important things you should consider when mulling over your HVAC options are the energy and fuel ratings of the unit. These ratings, like the SEER, AFUE, and HSPF, are simple numbers that can help you size up the capacity and performance of an air conditioning or heating unit. These figures include national standards of fuel conversion and energy usage; the higher the number, the more efficient the unit is, and the more money you can expect to save in energy costs.
Additionally, if you have specific household concerns such as air pollution or controlling mold growth, some newer HVAC models come with extra perks like air purification or humidity control. It’s important to investigate all your options; your wallet and home will thank you in the long run. Take a look at the following infographic, published by Davis Air Conditioning & Heating. It offers some great points to consider in your buying process.