Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘energy efficiency’

Enjoy Better Cooling Efficiency

Monday, April 30th, 2018

AC-in-money-pileAir conditioners are obviously put under a lot of strain in this part of the country. Between the heat and the humidity, cooling one’s home effectively is going to take an air conditioner working at peak performance levels. When you throw in the desire for an affordable cooling experience, things can start to look even more difficult. The good news is that you really do not need to invest in a brand new, high-efficiency system to boost your cooling efficiency during our long, hot cooling season.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Investing in this type of equipment is certainly money well-spent when you consider how brutal our summer weather can be—and just how long “summer” can last, regardless of what the calendar has to say about season start and end dates. However, we completely understand that not everyone has the money lying around for a full system upgrade. That is why, as a trusted HVAC contractor in Melbourne, FL, we are happy to share the following tips with you.

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Why Insulation Matters in Your Melbourne, FL Home

Monday, December 17th, 2012

When it comes to heating and cooling your Melbourne, FL home more efficiently, insulation matters. It is actually one of the most important factors in making the most out of the heated and cooled air that you pay for. Problems with the insulation in your home can lead to serious discomfort and skyrocketing heating and air conditioning bills. If you are concerned about the insulation in your home, contact the professionals at Next Generation today. We can help you heat and cool your home in a more efficient, effective manner.

When you heat your home the whole purpose is to ensure that the air inside is warmer than the air outside. The problem with this is that hot air will naturally try to go to colder areas, in this case the outdoors. If you have cracks in the walls of your home this can be a serious issue, as you will be paying to heat your home only to have that air escaping through the cracks. You probably wouldn’t throw your money out the window, so don’t let the air that you have heated and cooled do just that.

With high-quality insulation by a qualified professional you can keep the air that you have heated and cooled in your home where it belongs. This allows your heating and air conditioning system to work more efficiently, meaning that you can keep more comfortable for less money. Even your ductwork can benefit from proper insulation. Air ducts are one of the leading causes for energy loss in most homes. By effectively insulating your air ducts you can help ensure that the energy used to heat and cool the air within them is being put to good use.

If you have any more questions about the necessity of good insulation in you Melbourne, FL home, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc today. We’ll make sure that the energy you pay for is giving you the return on your money that you deserve.

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HVAC Guide: High Efficiency Home Comfort Equipment

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Don’t let high energy costs disrupt your comfort. Do your research, work out a budget, and invest in equipment with the highest efficiency levels that you can afford. It’s true that the higher the efficiency of a heating or cooling system the higher the initial costs generally are, but you can offset that purchasing price by saving money on utility costs down the road. Here is some information to help you heat and cool your Melbourne home more efficiently.

  • Efficiency Ratings– Heaters, air conditioners and air filters all have different efficiency ratings. It is important that you understand what each of them mean so that you can know what sort of performance you can expect from your home comfort systems.
    • AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency measures the efficiency of gas and oil-fired furnaces. It is a percentage that tells you how much of the fuel consumed actually goes towards heating your home and how much is wasted. Industry minimum AFUE requirement is 78%.
    • SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps when cooling your home. The higher the SEER number the more efficient the machine. Regulations require a minimum of 13.0 SEER.
    • HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor measures the efficiency of heat pumps when being used for heating. Again, the higher the number the more efficient the heat pump. Today’s heat pumps are required to have at least 6.8 HSPF.
  • Energy Management Systems – Modern technology lets you take more control than ever over how you use energy in your home. With a home energy management system you can control temperature settings and power use in your home remotely from a smartphone or laptop. Shut off small appliances, adjust temperatures and more no matter where you are. You can ensure that you’re always coming home to a comfortable environment while using less energy with greater control.
  • When to Purchase – It can be tempting to stick with your existing home comfort systems rather than investing in new, higher efficiency models. However, frequent maintenance and repair costs plus higher operational costs can actually wind up costing you more. Take into consideration the quality of your system, its age and, of course, your budget. High efficiency home comfort equipment may have a higher price tag, but the energy savings translate into financial savings. When you’re ready to replace your home comfort systems make sure that you get the most efficiency for your money.

This information should help you understand the benefits and points to consider when contemplating a new home comfort system. Get the most efficient performance you can afford from your Melbourne heating and air conditioning systems. For more information, give Next Generation Air & Heat Inc a call!

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Air Conditioning Question From Cocoa Beach: How Do EER and SEER Work?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

If you’ve looked for a new air conditioner in Cocoa Beach recently, you probably noticed each unit comes with an EER or SEER rating. The former is for room air conditioners and the latter for central air conditioning units. In both cases, the number is a measure of how efficiently the system uses electricity. Effectively, if you buy a system with a high rating, you spend less on electricity. Of course, there are tradeoffs. The higher rated machines tend to cost much more, so as a homeowner, you’ll have to evaluate how much you can spend now and how long it will take to save money from that investment.

How EER and SEER Are Measured

These numbers are required by the government to tell you, the consumer, how many BTUs per hour the device can use for every watt of electricity drawn. The more BTUs a system can use, the better for your bill.

Let’s say you want to buy a 10,000 BTU system to cool your living room and dining room. A pretty standard number for a single room unit is 11, meaning the 10,000 BTU system would use about 900 watts per hour to run at full capacity. We figure this out by dividing the BTUs (10,000) by the watts (900).

There is a lot of math to do here, so many people simply look for a higher number within their price range. But, at what point is the upgrade really worth your extra money?

Choosing the Right Energy Efficiency Rating

The easiest way to describe this is to compare two similar devices with different EERs:

Air Conditioner 1 Air Conditioner 2
BTUs 12,000 12,000
EER 9 11
Watts 1333 1091
Price $300 $450

In this particular case, we can spend more for a device that is the same size but uses less electricity. The question then is whether that increased expenditure will pay off in the short term. Let’s assume each device would be operated for 10 hours per day for 30 days in a typical summer month. That’s 300 hours of operation. If the average cost per kWh in you are is $0.09, it will take 4 hours for the first air conditioner to consume 1 extra kilowatt of electricity equal to an additional $0.09. If your air conditioner runs for four months out of the year, we know that it will operate for a total of 1200 hours. That means:

[(1200 hrs x 242 watts) / (1000 watts/kw) ] x $0.09/kWh = $26

So, you save roughly $26 per year from that high efficiency unit. With a $150 price difference, you will break even after 6 years (though probably sooner if the price of electricity goes up).

Don’t forget, however, that central systems are a much more efficient option in Cocoa Beach with SEERs of up to 16.5 and much larger BTU areas to cover. The savings there can add up very quickly. For more information, give Next Generation Air and Heat a call!

 

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An Easy Way to Improve the Efficiency of Your AC System

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Simply schedule a maintenance check at least once a year!

Scheduling a system tune up with a professional HVAC technician once a year can help to prevent loss of energy efficiency in your home comfort system. Did you know that all components of your air conditioner – including the filters, coils, and fins –need regular maintenance to continue to function effectively? If you neglect air conditioner maintenance, you will see a decline in your unit’s performance AND an increase in your electricity bills. Worn out parts and buildup throughout the system can decrease performance, causing energy bills to sky rocket. To keep your unit functioning at peak efficiency, make sure to have it checked out once a year by a professional HVAC technician. Find out about our Priority Savings Plan and save with discounts off annual maintenance.

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For your peace of mind and wallet, we encourage diligence when it comes to the maintenance of your AC system. An AC tune up is always cheaper and less stressful than an emergency situation!

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