HOME PERFORMANCE — MEANS GOING GREEN
In this sluggish economy, which has many homeowners hesitant to move forward with big home improvement projects, the home performance trend is an opportunity for consumers to upgrade their heating, ventilation and air conditioner (HVAC) systems and take advantage of federal incentives. There are also very healthy rebates in some states, where you can easily go from a cool comfortable family room to a broiling, sticky room during peak hours on hot summer days. More current cooling models are up to 30 percent more energy efficient than those of a decade ago and carry warranties as long as five years. Best of all, buying an air conditioner early — before summer, when retailers get top dollar — can save you money. Make your next shopping consideration based on these key trends.
TREND 1: ENERGY-EFFICIENCY STANDARDS
Building more energy efficient homes means installing units that exceed government standards for energy efficiency referred as Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER), which is the cooling capacity divided by the electrical power required to run the unit. The higher this number is, the better. Building energy efficient homes also means installing thermostats and ductwork for maximum efficiency. A home with hot and cold spots most likely means the HVAC system is laboring to maintain the correct household temperature. Going from a EER of 9 to a EER of 13 could add up to $100 to the price tag. But you can easily amortize that cost over the life of the unit in energy savings. Check the Energy Guide label on any unit you’re considering to find its estimated operating cost.
TREND 2: INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ)
Another trend in the world of HVAC is utilizing methods to improve indoor air quality. Choosing the right control features will also make it easier to keep cool this summer. Homeowners are becoming increasingly aware of the negative health effects of poor indoor air quality, and consequentially are asking for their home heating and cooling systems to include advanced air filtration systems. The new air filtration systems help keep indoor air free from allergens and dust; and in some cases, they can even rid the air of certain types of bacteria and airborne viruses. It’s interesting to note that for a while homes were built so air tight the house could not “breathe.” This caused condensation build-up and eventual damage to window frames and sheetrock. Worse, the air quality declined making the air the family was breathing unhealthy. HVAC companies like Carrier are continually working to improve the air exchange process so the household air is always kept fresh and free of mold and bacteria. Because innovation is a way of life for CarrierMA, their expert air conditioning and heating engineers focus on using intelligent design and technology to develop efficient, precisely engineered heating and cooling systems.
TREND 3: HIGH TECH SERVICE
When you look into the future of HVAC, it’s an amazing world of high tech service. 10 years from now, many home units may likely have wireless communication with service facilities monitoring the operation of your unit. When your unit is not operating properly and your air quality or energy usage does not meet the unit standards, you’ll be notified by an authorized service provider.
In short, today’s HVAC systems provide more effective heating and cooling, and the environmental benefits make these new systems as appealing to the eco-conscious homeowner as they are to the budget-minded one. However, until the future arrives though, Mid-Atlantic Carrier Dealers are your reliable partners to make sure your home is as safe and energy efficient as possible given the current technology.