An outdated or poorly maintained HVAC system can cost you $500 per year. Check out this neat-o chart to learn energy saving skills and also see if your system needs upgrading.
Take a look at what keeps you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.
Heats your home in the wintertime and runs on oil or natural gas and electricity.
Cools down your home in the summer by removing warm air and replacing it with cold air.
Moves air throughout the home. 20% of air can be lost here due to holes, cracks, and gaps.
Controls the temperature in your home. A faulty Thermostat can cost you big bucks when you’re not at home.
AVERAGE HVAC SYSTEM LIFE SPAN
10 -15 YEARS. If your system is more then 10 years old, it’s time to upgrade.
WHAT CAUSES HVAC SYSTEMS TO FAIL?
Time – Nothing lasts forever
Prices can vary in different areas and also depends on the quality of system and type of fuel it will use.
OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER:
Monthly utility bills
$15,000 for smaller units. Not including installation.
$6,000 to $12,000 for smaller homes (1,000 square-feet). Larger homes and complex setups, expect the price to be much higher.
Optimize your HVAC system and save more money – like magic!
A new, ENERGY STAR qualified HVAC System can save you big bucks – Up to $400 a year.
Improve your systems efficiency by 20%or more by sealing and insulating your ducts.
A programmable thermostat saves MONEY AND ENERGY when you’re not home.
OTHER AREAS IN THE HOME TO CONSIDER
Upgrade to ENERGY STAR double pane windows and save $100-$500 a year.
Doubling your insulation can save up to $150 a year for every 1,000 square-feet of ceiling
A 12% loss of air happens around windows and doors. Install weather-strips and re-caulk to avoid this
REBATES & TAX DEDUCTIONS
There’s big savings to be had in the form of rebates, financing offers, and loans to homeowners who upgrade to new, energy efficient systems.
They reduce our dependence on foreign energy
They reduce greenhouse gas emissions
They reduce energy consumption
It may come to a point when you need to decide if it’s financially practical to keep up your old HVAC system. If it’s costing you more to maintain your system than it is to run it you may want to consider a new system.
It is recommended that your HVAC system be serviced TWICE a year.
Over a 10-year period the cost of a new HVAC system could be 50% less than maintaining and repairing old equipment.
Air filters should be changed every 60-90 days. Clean filters lower electricity use by 5-15%.
If your ratio is off, it may be time to upgrade. The recommended ratio for HVAC maintenance is: