free tips to keep you safe and save you money!
energy saving tips
Energy Saving Tips:
- Seal the windows in your home around the frames
- Consider dual pane insulated windows when you opt to replace your current windows
- Improve your insulation factors in your attic to R-30
- Seal the current duct system in your home with tape, fab and sealants (mastick)
- Improve the style of registers you currently have for better "Throw"
- Make sure your cold air return is large enough for the system
- Install ceiling fans throughout your home
- Keep your filter cleaned and changed monthly
- Keep your unit serviced. Maintenance plans with your local air conditioning contractor will do wonders for your system.
seer ratings and what they mean
SEER ratings are the method used to describe the efficiency of a particular equipment system. SEER stands for "Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio" The systems purchased today typically range from 10.00 SEER to 18.00 SEER. If you have a home and the current system is 10-15 years old, you may have a system that ranges from 6.0 SEER to 10.00 SEER. Of course at the time it was installed, 10.00 SEER was considered "High Efficiency". Today, with all the focus on conservation and energy savings, that "High Efficiency 10.00 SEER" from 10-15 years ago is growing obsolete.
In the chart, the left column indicates operating costs and the gradually decreasing scale shows how a highter SEER rating (numbers along bottom of chart) the operating costs are reduced. In essence, if you would have spent $100 to operate an 8.00 SEER system, by installing a 14.0 SEER system, your operating costs would drop as opposed to the $100 spent operating the lower efficiency system. These are estimates only, and designed to show that with the higher the SEER rating, the lower the operating costs.
The systems today are very advanced as you move up in the efficiency range. They cost a bit more at initial purchase, but when you calculate the energy savings - vs - dollars spent they pay for themselves fairly quickly.