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How Efficient is Your Home?

image As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating,
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How Efficient is Your Home?

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can have a big effect on your utility bills - and your comfort. If your HVAC equipment is more than 10 years old or not keeping your house comfortable, you should have it looked at by a professional HVAC contractor. If it is not performing efficiently or needs upgrading, consider replacing it with a high efficiency model.

  • Furnaces - High-efficiency products can provide much-needed relief from rising utility bills and energy costs, while also helping you do something positive for your community and the environment.

The average household will pay $2,300 this year on energy costs, with heating alone accounting for almost 45 percent of that total. (Source: Alliance to Save Energy)

The Trane XC95 is one of the market’s most efficient gas furnaces and attains up to a 95 percent Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating, which is nearly 20 percent higher than the government minimum standard. By installing an efficient furnace, you can save up to 40 percent on home energy consumption.

  • Central Air Conditioners - The Trane XL20i is among the highest energy efficient air conditioners available today and its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of up to 20.00 exceeds the minimum efficiency of 13 set by the Department of Energy. A SEER rating of up to 20.00 can mean a savings of up to 60 percent on a family’s annual energy bill, if the system it’s replacing is 10 years or older*.

  • Geothermal Heat Pumps - Ground source (geothermal) heat pumps are similar to air source heat pumps, but use the relatively constant ground temperature instead of the air to provide heating, air conditioning and, in many cases, domestic hot water. In a cold climate like Wisconsin, consider a ground source heat pump to save natural gas.

    Ground source systems do not usually use backup heat because the ground temperature remains constant at 45F to 55F all year round. However, even a ground source heat pump may not be able to completely meet a home's heating needs on the coldest days of the year. Thus, these units are usually equipped with backup heat. Geothermal heat pumps usually rely on a traditional duct and register system (used in forced air furnaces) to distribute conditioned air. Ground source heat pumps use electricity to provide heating, but in a much more efficient manner than electric baseboard or portable space heaters. Although these systems don't burn fossil fuels themselves, the electricity used to power the systems is generated by burning fossil fuels in most areas of Wisconsin.

    If you are thinking about installing a ground source heat pump, look for the ENERGY STAR®. ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heat pumps use about 30% less energy than a standard geothermal heat pump and are quieter than conventional systems.

  • A heat pump is an all-in-one heating and cooling system. It heats a home in winter and then cools it in summer. A typical heat pump installation consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.

What kind of magic does a heat pump perform to both heat and cool your air? Even in air that’s below freezing temperatures, heat energy is present. When it’s cold outside a heat pump extracts this outside heat and transfers it inside. When it’s warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.

One advantage of a heat pump is that it moves heat instead of generating heat, giving you more energy efficiency. Also, it is powered by electricity, so you can save substantially on fuel consumption. For example, a Trane XL20i heat pump is among the HVAC industry’s most efficient, with a rating up to 19.00 SEER and 9.0 HSPF.

Note that heat pumps are best for moderate climates, keeping homes warm even when temperatures drop into the low 20s. A supplemental heating source may be needed for lower temperatures.

Programmable Thermostats - are designed to maximize the performance of your home comfort system with reliable and accurate temperature control. The average annual savings for programmable thermostats is about $100, and they often pay for themselves in two years or less.
 
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