Everyone is concerned about the energy efficiency of their HVAC system. When your heating system is energy efficient, you save money and reduce the amount of electricity you consume. Determining the efficiency of your HVAC system is not hard. There are three things that you can check to determine efficiency.
1. Age Of your heating system
Most heating systems are designed to be used for 15 to 20 years. Your unit, however, will begin to lose efficiency after a couple of years and then begin to decrease about five percent per year after the first five years. If your heating system is ten years old, it could be using 30 percent or more power than it was when you first purchased the unit.
The age of the heating system will also make a difference because newer technologies have evolved that make units more efficient. Smart technologies and improved designs have made new units use less energy while providing the same comfort levels in your home.
2. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Rating (AFUE Rating)
If you look at the manufacturer's specs for your unit, it will provide you with an AFUE number. The number will be between 1 and 100, with higher numbers being the most efficient.
In general, numbers over 80 are standard in areas like Chicago, where climate control is continually used. However, you can find units that are now operating with rankings over 90. These higher rankings result in lower electricity consumption and lower bills.
3. How Often Does Your Heating System Require Repairs?
If your heating system continues to break down, it may be a sign that the unit's overall performance has declined. When a furnace gets older, it has to work harder to provide the same service. This requires the use of more energy. If the unit has to receive continual repairs, you may be paying out more in repairs and utility bills to heat your home. It is probably advisable to replace the heating system at this time so that you save money on repair costs and lower your monthly gas/energy bills.
Extending Lifespan And Efficiency Of Your HVAC Unit
One of the best ways to keep your heating system running its best and to reduce repair bills and loss of efficiency is to have regular maintenance performed on your furnace or heater.
Replacing parts that are getting worn and keeping your heating system maintained up to industry standards can help ensure its longevity and keep it working at peak performance.
If you have questions about how well your heating system is working, or if you need maintenance, repair, or replacement of your HVAC system, call Always Ready Repair. For over 80 years, we have been serving the residents of the Chicagoland area for all of their heating, cooling and indoor air quality needs.