Increase your comfort and energy efficiency.
The goal of any Heating and AC (HVAC) system is your comfort – keeping you warm during cold winters, cool during hot summers, and breathing fresh, clean air inside your house all year round. Because most HVAC systems use natural gas or electricity, an efficient HVAC system can save you money – sometimes lots of money. In fact, HVAC accounts for 48% of the typical home’s energy bill (U.S. Dept. of Energy).
Upgrading Your HVAC
Of course, if your HVAC goes down, particularly during a cold or hot spell, you want the system repaired or replaced immediately. However, if you’re looking to reduce energy costs, a few preliminary steps may be in order before replacing your HVAC system. For example, have all air leaks around windows and doors and roof been sealed? Is there adequate insulation in the attic? If not, you may be paying to heat or cool your entire neighborhood, and that can get expensive.
When to Replace Your HVAC
Loud or grating sounds coming from your furnace or AC may be signs of a serious malfunction. Frayed or exposed wiring can sometimes be safely repaired, but may also indicate more serious problems. Your current HVAC may be using older refrigerant, like Freon, which is being phased out. Even so, older HVAC systems are less efficient, and more expensive to operate, so it may be worth installing a new system to take advantage of the cost savings in energy efficiency.
Buying a New HVAC
Once you’re satisfied that your home is well-insulated, it’s time to do your research. Learn the difference between an EER (energy efficiency rating) and a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating), and between a central air system and a mini-split system. Other relevant measurements include AFUE (annual fuel use efficiency) and COP (coefficient of performance). Your contractor can help determine which is best for you based on home size and the local climate.
Choosing the Right Contractor
With HVAC systems, quality installation is key to efficiency. A quality installation consists of a number of elements, including a correctly sized and sealed duct system, a high air flow and a system charged with the proper refrigerant. That’s why all Ygrene certified contractors are licensed, insured and pre-screened. Have your contractor help you fully understand the terms above and how they plan to achieve a quality HVAC installation. Be sure to ask your contractor to explain what is covered by equipment warranties and what is not.
Paying for Your New HVAC
Ygrene’s PACE financing offers many advantages:
• 100% Financing, No Money Down
• No Payments For Up To 12+ Months
• Based On Home Equity
• Repaid With Your Property Taxes
• No Minimum FICO Required
• Prequalified In Under 30 Minutes