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How can you save money every month on your energy bill?

Only a few years ago, the HVAC industry responded to global needs to conserve energy by improving the efficiency performance of heating and cooling equipment. So, if you have a central air conditioning unit, furnace, or heat pump system with equipment manufactured before 1992 when the Department of Energy established the new efficiency standards, there’s a good chance your heating and cooling energy bills are 20-40% higher than they need to be.

For example, prior to 1992 an 8 SEER unit was considered highly efficient. Now, as of 2008, the Department of Energy’s minimum efficiency rating is 13 SEER and the Energy Star minimum efficiency rating is 14 SEER although nowadays some units exceed 21 SEER.

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes high efficiency, environmentally friendly products through it’s Energy Star Program. As a result of using more efficient products, you are able to reduce pollution and save 20-40% on your monthly utility costs!

Central air conditioners and heat pump systems use the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) as the measurement of system efficiency. The higher the SEER, the greater the efficiency and the greater your energy savings! Gas furnaces use the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) as the measurement. The higher the AFUE, the greater the efficiency. Heat Pumps use the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) as an efficiency measurement. The higher the HSPF, the greater the efficiency.

Your actual savings will depend on the weather in your area, utility costs, the energy efficiency of your home, and your indoor temperature preferences. However, generally in areas with lots of HOT temperatures or above average electric costs, you can benefit from a higher SEER cooling unit.

Please call Ace Air Conditioning today to discuss ways to save substantial amounts of money on your annual cooling and heating costs!

Contact us at (800) 772-2976 or at information@aceac.com

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