Carefully selecting and buying the best heating and cooling system has become an important financial decision, for over its lifetime, the costs of maintaining and operating a system will far exceed its initial cost. Seaside Air Conditioning and Heating is Orange County’s premier HVAC contractor, providing the knowledge and experience to assist customers in purchasing and installing the right equipment for their homes or commercial applications.
For each and every month of operation, your utility company will bill you for gas and electric power consumption. The wrong system, improperly installed, could cost you 20 to 30 years of excessive energy costs. It may also fail to deliver the comfort you expect and deserve, and may adversely affect your family’s health and safety.
You will also need to maintain your new system, pay for repairs when needed, or replace your equipment if it fails prematurely. Selecting the right system is important, as is choosing the right contractor to specify and install it.
“Save 50% On Your Utility Bills!” – Truth or Fiction?
Air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces have become more sophisticated and more energy efficient. For example, the most energy efficient air conditioner of ten years ago is often considered a “bottom of the line” offering now.
You’ll hear and read a lot of industry jargon, like “SEER,” “HSPF” and “AFUE”. These terms basically describe how efficiently the equipment operates, similar to miles per gallon for a car. The higher the efficiency number, the lower your electric and gas bills may be as a result.
Manufacturers (and some contractors) will tell you that a new high efficiency system “pays for itself,” because the investment is offset by up to 50% savings on monthly utility bills. But does this really happen in the real world?
The Truth About Energy Cost Savings
A few homeowners actually do save 25% to 50% on their utility bills after buying a new system. Unfortunately, most people save much less, because only a small fraction of newly installed systems actually reduce utility bills up to full potential.
Efficiency is dependent upon other factors, not just manufacturers’ ratings, which are measured in a controlled, ideal laboratory setting. Much can and does go wrong when a contractor installs the equipment in your home. As a result, many homeowners are not realizing the full potential of their new systems.
Seaside is Your Certified Orange County HVAC Contractor
Call Seaside Air Conditioning and Heating today at (949) 496-3639, or contact us via email, for an evaluation of your needs, at home or office! We sell the finest, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems, and we install those systems to take full advantage of the potential cost savings that result from the latest technological advances in the industry.
Content for this article, courtesy of The Comfort Institute, has been modified and edited.