Everyone knows that replacing your old HVAC equipment has a high upfront cost. However, there are some important factors that often get overlooked during this decision, like the fact that your old equipment is actually costing you more than what you’d get in return by replacing it. The cost of an older furnace or A/C unit is spread out over months and years, and increases with every year your equipment ages. HVAC equipment over 10 years old is less efficient in heating or cooling your home and become more expensive to repair when breakdowns happen. Let’s take a look at just how much your old equipment is costing you.
Let’s start with A/C units. The efficiency of an A/C unit is measured in SEERs, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Any Air conditioning unit manufactured after 2005 must comply with the federal minimum rating of 13. Which may sound like a lot, but when compared to the SEER rating of new equipment, between 17 and 20, that’s a lot of energy wasted. Not to mention that the SEER rating when purchased brand new is not the same SEER rating your unit has today. Depending on how old your equipment is, its SEER rating could have dropped several points. Let’s say your old A/C unit has a current SEER rating of 9 and you choose to replace the unit with an A/C system with a SEER rating of 18. This would amount to a 50% drop in the energy used to run your A/C in the summer. That’s a big difference!
When it comes to furnaces, efficiency is not rated in SEERS, it’s rated in terms of AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). When you buy a new furnace, it’s efficiency could range from 90-95% depending on the fuel type and model. Not to mention that when you bought your furnace 10, 20, or maybe 30 years ago, it’s starting efficiency (brand new) was much lower. Overtime, the efficiency of your furnace decreases, leaving you with a system that uses more energy than the heat it outputs. Let’s say your furnace is running at 80% efficiency. That means that out of the 100% of the fuel put in, only 80% is used to heat your home. Some older furnaces may even have an efficiency rating of less than 70%, that’s a lot of wasted fuel and money.
Older equipment(depending on age) can be up to 30% less efficient than newer models. Not to mention that newer high-efficiency equipment can save you money on energy costs and help reduce your carbon footprint. It’s win-win!
New A/C units can have a SEER rating between 17 and 20. While older equipment could have a SEER rating between 9 and 13.
New furnaces can have an efficiency rating between 90-95% depending on the fuel type and model. While older furnaces could be between 70-85%, with some being less than 70% depending on age.
Putting aside the math, it’s worth upgrading our HVAC equipment if you are experiencing any of the following:
Your comfort can’t wait any longer. When you schedule with us you will benefit from: