Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling System

Upgrading your heating and cooling system not only raises the value of your home, it can save you money and make your home more comfortable.

Many of the 130 million homes in this country were constructed before modern energy and building codes were established. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from inflated energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues.

How We Use Energy In Our Homes

Heating accounts for the biggest portion of your utility bills. Source: 2010 Buildings Energy Data Book, Table 2.1.1 Residential Primary Energy Consumption, by Year and Fuel Type.
How We Use Energy In Our Homes

Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and costs more money than any other system in your home—typically making up about 54% of your utility bill.

No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment.

But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling—and reduce environmental emissions—from 20%-50%.

An energy-efficient home will keep your family comfortable while saving you money. Whether you take simple steps or make larger investments to make your home more efficient, you’ll see lower energy bills. Over time, those savings will typically pay for the cost of improvements and put money back in your pocket. Your home may also be more attractive to buyers when you sell.

The 113 million residences in America today collectively use an estimated 22% of the country’s energy. Unfortunately, a lot of energy is wasted through leaky windows or ducts, old appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems. When we waste energy in our homes, we are throwing away money that could be used for other things. The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills. You can lower this amount by up to 25% through following these Long Term Savings Tips.

The key to these savings is to take a whole-house approach—by viewing your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace—it’s a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace will waste a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are leaky or poorly insulated. Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

Replace Existing Heating and AC Systems

Lower energy bills. Recent increases in government efficiency requirements mean that the new systems may help you save more on your energy bills than your current system. Plus, by replacing your system—or upgrading selected components—you can create a matched system, where every component is designed to work together for the greatest possible comfort and efficiency.

Savings on repairs. It’s a simple fact that newer systems and components are less likely to break down than old ones. And if anything does happen, you’ll have a limited or extended warranty to fall back on.

Minnesota Heating & Furnace Contractor

Has your current heating and cooling system lived in your home longer than you? If an old outdated system has finally gone out, replacement is often a better option than repair. You don’t have to wait until that is the case though!

If you haven’t had a furnace inspection yet, contact a Minnesota Furnace and AC Repair Contractor for a comprehensive plan to address your entire system, including duct design, air flow, and noise reduction. They will sit down with you explain in detail what the problem is! They will also explain all the repair or replacement options you have with your furnace.

 

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