Heating Bill Still High? New HVAC System May Be Improperly Installed
It seems like a simple decision. You’re ready to replace your old HVAC system with a newer, energy-efficient model.
Hey, it’s good for the environment and will save hundreds of dollars in the long run on your heating and cooling bills.
It’s a win-win situation, right?
Not so fast.
Many consumers are familiar with the federal government's Energy Star program and the labels given to HVAC systems and home appliances, but sometimes few realize that those cost savings may never materialize.
In fact, Energy Star reports that nearly half of all heating and cooling equipment in the U.S. never performs to its promised capacity because of improper installation.
Use your IQ and think about your QI
To fix this problem, Energy Star has created some QI — or Quality Installation — guidelines for the DIYer, as well as your local HVAC technician.
“All of these efforts not only positively impact the lives of individuals, families and communities, but also the global community by helping prevent climate change,” says Jill Vohr, director of marketing with Energy Star. “Now, that, is the power of positive energy.”
Virginia residents, in particular, can save state sales tax on Energy Star appliances if they purchase them at a specific time each year.
The QI guidelines, among other things, help ensure your new equipment is correctly sized for your home, connected to a well-sealed duct system and installed with the proper amount of refrigerant.
If you want to learn more about heating systems and what may be best for your home, check out this handy guide.
Savings can be as much as 38 percent
Estimated savings potential with QI ranges from 18 percent to 36 percent for air conditioners and heat pumps, and 11 percent to 18 percent for furnaces.
That's no small amount and it's definitely money many highly rated local HVAC specialists want you to keep in your pocket.
Sila Heating and Air Conditioning in Silver Spring, Maryland, stresses the importance of proper installation to their customers, saying the purchase of a high-efficiency system is only half the battle.
Representatives say improper installation not only reduces efficiency, but possibly shortens the system’s life span.
Sila also recommends a regular "clean and check" service for your HVAC unit to ensure the system runs at peak efficiency for years to come. Among other benefits, regular maintenance reduces fuel consumption and ensures that deadly carbon monoxide is not entering your home.
McCarthy HVAC Services in Lorton, Virginia, says because each home is different their employees work to determine the most efficient and effective solution for your home.
“Our Comfort Consultants are true experts in the industry, and have the knowledge and experience to answer any questions you may have.”