Upgrading to high efficiency cooling and heating equipment that is sized and installed properly is key to a comfortable home.
The EPA and DOE confirm that as much as half (or more in extreme climates) 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) systems can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your family's comfort.
GreenHomes can help you find the right equipment--furnaces, boilers, air-conditioners, heat pumps--but that is only a small part of the service. We make sure the equipment is properly sized and installed so you get the performance, comfort, and savings you deserve.
Bigger Isn’t Always Better!
When it comes to furnaces, boilers, and air-conditioners, bigger usually doesn’t mean better. You need equipment that is “right-sized.” If the unit is too large for your home, you will not only pay more up front, but you won’t get the comfort or efficiency you expect.
Over-sized equipment will operate in short run times or cycles, not allowing the unit to reach efficient operation. In addition, over-sized air-conditioners will not run long enough to remove humidity from the air. This can leave you feeling cool but not comfortable and can create moisture problems.
Don’t assume that the size of your new system will be the same as your old equipment. Original equipment may have been over-sized from the start, and there is no way to figure this out over the phone! And with improvements in insulation, air-sealing, windows, and other changes, as well as carefully testing and measurement, GreenHomes is often able to significantly downsize furnaces and air-conditioners.
There are some simple signs that you should call GreenHomes to look at not just your HVAC system, but also your whole house. To maintain your HVAC system and minimize problems, also ask us about our HVAC Maintenance Plan.
For more information, see ENERGY STAR’s Guide to Energy Efficient Heating & Cooling.