When the Georgia heat rolls in, the only things that rises faster than the temperatures are the energy bills. If you want to escape the heat and keep your bills under control, it might be time to consider upgrading your air conditioning equipment.
The first thing you should look for is the EnergyGuide label. It has all the information you need to compare products in a new display that is simple and easy to understand. Plus, it’s bright yellow so you can’t miss it.
- Check the sliding scale of energy consumption. In the center of the EnergyGuide label is a horizontal line with a range of dollar amounts. It tells you the estimated cost of operating similar products for a year, with the lowest number in the range on the left and the highest on the right.
- Refer to the kilowatt hours below the bar. This will tell you the average amount of energy the product consumes in a year. Multiply that number by the current rate you pay for energy to get a better picture of what it will cost you.
- Do some math. This may not be your favorite part, but you need to make some calculations to be able to make a well-informed decision. If one product is more expensive than another but the consumption is much lower, it may be worth the investment. Factor in your reasons for upgrading and your budget.
- Discuss the features. Look at the list of features on the top left of the EnergyGuide label. You should talk to an HVAC expert about the best features for your needs because the features can really make the difference when the other consumption estimates are similar.
Every situation is different, so what is a good investment for one home may not make sense for another. If you want an HVAC expert to help you compare products, contact Powers Heating & Air. We help homeowners in the Peachtree City area assess their needs, find the perfect products, install them correctly and maintain them properly.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the EnergyGuide label and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.