Did you know that your HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system is responsible for about 50 percent of the energy your home consumes? This infographic was originally published by Davis Heating and Air Conditioning, and it serves as a useful guide for buying an air conditioner, furnace, heat pump, or other HVAC device. If you buy an efficient unit with excellent ratings, you can increase your energy efficiency to about 97 percent, which lowers your heating and cooling bills all year and helps you keep your home more comfortable.
When choosing an air conditioner, you’ll need to decide between a single-stage unit and a multi-stage model. Single stage air conditioners run at the same capacity regardless of the temperature conditions. They might cost less money up front, but the total cost of ownership might increase because of your utility bills. A multi-stage air conditioner, however, might come with a larger upfront price. However, it’s more efficient because it can run at high and low power to meet the temperature conditions inside your home. It might run on full power during a heat wave, but cut back to low power during milder weather.
When you decide to upgrade your air conditioner or other HVAC component, take the time to find a reliable, professional contractor to help you buy the right equipment and to install it properly. You can read online reviews to find out what past customers think and meet with him or her yourself. Ask how much the contractor will charge right away so you know what to expect.