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4 Ways to Save some Green with Energy-Efficient Upgrades

With today’s rising energy costs, homeowners need to pay more attention to the performance and efficiency of their heating and cooling systems. If your unit is more than 10 years old or requiring frequent repairs, it may be time for a replacement. Upgrading to an energy-efficient HVAC system can deliver supreme performance with cost-saving benefits. Here are four ways an energy-efficient upgrade will save you money:

1. The higher the efficiency, the lower the energy usage.

Older, overworked heating and cooling systems are not as efficient and cost more to run. Over time, a unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating decreases. Newer, technologically-advanced “green” appliances have higher SEER ratings. Units with higher SEER ratings operate more efficiently, reducing your energy costs.

If you compare a 10 SEER AC unit to a 20 SEER AC system, the 20 SEER system will provide twice the efficiency at half the operating cost. In other words, a 10 SEER-rated unit could have a yearly cost of approximately $600 to operate. Replacing it with a 20 SEER-rated system will bring that cost down by as much as 50% or $300 a year.

2. Improved features control costs without compromising comfort.

Replacing aging equipment with modern heating and cooling technology gives you the opportunity to take advantage of smart new features that deliver premium comfort—all while saving you money on your utility bills. Advanced features such as intelligent thermostats learn to set the temperature of your home based on your family’s needs, reducing your energy costs.

3. Financial incentives return money to your wallet.

High-efficiency systems tend to come with greater rebates and incentives. Government agencies and power companies want to encourage the use of “green” equipment to help reduce power consumption. Incentives are generally tied to efficiency ratings and performance. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency, and typically the better the incentive. For example, a hyperheat heat pump, an advanced system that maintains its efficiency when temperatures drop to -13 degrees, has a 19 SEER rating, going above and beyond the minimum requirements for efficiency, making it a viable choice for financial incentives.

Pro Tip: Search online for rebates and incentives to get the most up-to-date offers in your area.

4. Professional installation ensures efficient, premium performance.

Second-rate installation can reduce your system's efficiency by as much as 30 percent, canceling out the savings you're expecting from an upgrade. Correct installation by an HVAC professional is critical to securing the performance and efficiency you’re counting on. Protect your investment by working with Main Stream Mechanical’s experienced home comfort specialists for installation and service.

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As a homeowner, you have many choices about investments to make in your home. If you’re looking to upgrade to a new, efficient heating and cooling system, contact Main Stream Mechanical today to speak with one of our seasoned home comfort experts. We’ll assess your current system and help you determine the solution that is best for you.

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