Looking for a good place to invest your holiday bonus this year? Consider giving yourself the gift that keeps on giving with serious efficiency upgrades to your heat and air conditioning equipment. By reducing the amount of energy you use to heat and cool your home, you can lock in savings in your HVAC bills for years to come. The federal Energy Star program recently released a list of the most efficient heat and air conditioning products of 2015, complete with some amazing technological innovations. Read on for a look at some of the equipment that made the cut.
Heat and Air Conditioning:
Your heat and air conditioning units carry the bulk of the load for your HVAC system, of course. Energy Star recognized some new players among this year’s furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps:
Furnaces: A number of furnaces made the cut, from a variety of different manufacturers. That’s encouraging news for our overall HVAC efficiency. All the models on the list are a minimum of 20 percent more efficient than standard furnaces, meaning they bring thousands of dollars in savings over their lifetimes. Most come with advanced features like automatic configuration and multi-stage gas valves for even more efficiency.
Boilers: It was a standout year for boilers, with 42 different models earning the Energy Star “Most Efficient” nod. These appliances will save you 14-20 percent over the federal minimum standards, keeping you warm even on a tight budget.
Central Air Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pumps: Energy Star groups air conditioners and heat pumps together for an impressive collection of equipment that can keep you cool without costing a fortune in energy bills. Evolving technology in compressors, heat transfers and controls place these models at the forefront of innovation.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Geothermal heat pumps use the steady temperatures of the Earth to heat and cool your home with maximum efficiency. Many of these units can provide hot water to a home as well, saving you even more money.
Fans, Windows and Ventilators
Don’t neglect the other parts of your HVAC system once you have the heavy-duty equipment in place. Energy Star helps you supplement the big guns with a variety of new fans, ventilators and windows to keep the treated air evenly distributed around your home and not leaking away to the great outdoors. Remember, your HVAC system is a collection of interconnected appliances that all need to work together to bring you maximum comfort and efficiency, so you don’t do yourself any favors by skimping on auxiliary items like fans and insulation.
Invest in the Latest in Heat and Air Conditioning Technology
If you need help picking out or installing new heat and air conditioning equipment, get in touch with an HVAC specialist today.