We love air conditioning in the summertime; except, of course, when we see our electric bill! The air conditioning systems we grew up with were extreme energy hogs…and we usually paid a price for the cool comfort they delivered. Fortunately, times have changed, and we can enjoy substantial energy savings by installing and using today’s more technically advanced and efficient cooling systems.
The efficiency at which air conditioners produce cooling is known as its SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and is a ratio of the amount of cooling produced (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency.
Older air conditioning systems have a SEER rating of 10 or under. Today’s more efficient air conditioning systems have SEER ratings as high as 23. The United States now requires that residential air conditioning systems manufactured after 2005 have a minimum SEER rating of 13 (window units are exempt from this law, so their SEERs are still around 10). The SEER rating is usually shown on a yellow and black Energy Guide sticker attached to the outside unit of the air conditioner.
How much energy and money can you save by upgrading from your old air conditioner to a modern, more efficient model?
Let’s suppose your older air conditioning system had a SEER rating of 9. If you were to upgrade to a SEER 13 air conditioner (the lowest efficiency available), you would reduce your power consumption by about 28%. That can translate to energy savings up to $300 per year (depending on your usage rate and the cost of electricity).
The tables below will give you an estimate of the electricity you can save by upgrading to an air conditioning system with a higher SEER.
Central air conditioners that are in the top 25 percent of efficient models may carry the Energy Star® label. To qualify, they must have a minimum SEER efficiency level of 14.
So, does all this mean that you should get the air conditioner with the highest SEER possible? Not necessarily. SEER ratings only represent the potential efficiency of the system under perfect conditions. Over half of the system’s efficiency depends on correct equipment sizing for your home and proper installation. So while looking for an air conditioning system with the EnergyStar® label is certainly the right start, what you really want and need is the right sized equipment operating at its optimal ratings within varying conditions, for your optimal comfort and savings.
Your Horizon Services comfort specialist will perform a thorough In-Home Energy Analysis to help you identify the most efficient system for your home, your needs and your budget…and see to it that they system is properly installed for optimal performance.
This post was written by Luis | June 19, 2017
Because cooling and heating your home accounts for almost half of your annual energy cost, it’s important to make sure that your A/C system is operating properly and efficiently and that your ductwork is free of leaks.
That’s why Aloha Air Conditioning offers a variety of cooling and heating solutions designed to:
By following these tips, you can maximize your A/C system’s efficiency while saving energy and money along the way.
Making Your A/C System Work For You
To ensure your A/C system is working as efficiently as possible, here are some things you can do to get the most for your energy dollars:
1. Check your thermostat
2. Use fans
– 10’ x 10’ room or smaller = 36” fan
– 15’ x 20’ room = 52” fan
– Rooms larger then 15’x 20’ = two 52” fans
3. Keep your unit clean and clear
4. Maintain proper airflow through your system
5. Keep sunlight out during summer months
6. Install or upgrade insulation
7. Consider buying a new A/C unit
8. Maintain and service your unit regularly
This post was written by Luis | January 30, 2017
Cash Back For Energy Improvements
Residents may qualify for up to $1,000 in cash rebates for energy efficient improvements under a new City of Fort Lauderdale program aimed at improving energy efficiency, protecting the environment and lowering monthly energy bills.
Rebates will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis for the purchase and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), solar or gas on-demand water heaters, solar panels, Energy Star windows or doors and insulation. The program provides a 50% match of up to $1,000. The City plans to distribute $235,000 in federal grants.
How It Works
Residents submit a short application for program participation approval the includes an FPL Energy Survey Report, proof of owner occupancy, the type of improvement and a written estimate of the work. At the time of approval, the City will earmark the funds needed to issue your rebate check.
Approved applicants have four months to complete the work and submit a request for their rebate check along with the home improvement proof of purchase and permit documentation. If an applicant does not submit the rebate request within four months of approval, the unused funding will be reallocated to applicants who are placed on a waiting list.
This program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program using funds allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. There is a limit of one rebate per household.
For more information and an application package, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/rebates or contact the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000
This post was written by Luis | February 14, 2011
As businesses become more and more dependent on computers and telecom equipment to keep their critical operations running 24/7, they face a new challenge that often takes them by surprise:
How to keep their server or telecom room cool when the building’s central air conditioning system is inadequate or is otherwise turned off—such as during off hours, weekends and holidays, or during cold-weather months, when the HVAC system is in heating mode.
Adding to the difficulty is a lack of floor space. A relatively new class of self-contained, ceiling-mounted air conditioners can provide a cost-effective, space-saving solution.
• Self-contained, all-in-one units have lower installation costs than mini-splits or precision cooling systems
• No penetration of wall or roof required
• No outside condensing unit to maintain
• Compact size fits easily above drop ceiling, takes up no floor space
Contact Aloha Air Conditioning sales team for details.
This post was written by Luis | February 9, 2011
ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) have a new website feature helps contractors and Consumers Find Energy Efficiency Incentives – this wonderful page is worth a look here is the link: http://www.acca.org/consumer/dsire
FP&L (Florida Power & Light) Residential A/C Rebate Schedule link:
Updated 04/26/12: The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear testimony today on various bills to extend the tax incentives that expired at the end of 2011 or will expire at the end of this year.
According to the Joint Tax Committee, there are approximately 70 tax incentives eligible for extension by Congress, many of them are targeted to help small business owners make capital investments in their businesses.
Members of the Congress will have the opportunity to testify in support of legislation to extend expiring tax provisions they have introduced or co-sponsored legislation this year. There is expected to be discussion of extending the tax credit for the installing higher efficiency HVAC equipment (Section 25C), construction of energy efficient homes (Section 45L), the 15 year straight line depreciation for qualified improvements to leasehold, restaurants, and retail buildings (Section 168), bonus depreciation for small businesses (Section 168), and increased expensing allowance to $500,000/$2,000,000 and expansion of Section 179.
As a member of the Residential Energy Efficient Tax Credit Industry Coalition, ACCA submitted testimony urging for the extension and expansion of the residential energy tax credit. The coalition is seeking a robust energy efficiency tax credit for qualified products, including furnaces, central air conditioners, and heat pumps, of 10 percent of the purchase price up to $1,000. The coalition believes that a $1,000 tax credit is generally the minimum incentive needed to motivate consumers to improve their homes by purchasing these higher-performing products, and to do so in sizable enough numbers to positively influence residential energy consumption.
To read the Member Proposals Related To Certain Tax Provisions That Either Expired In 2011 Or Will Expire In 2012, Click here. End of Update 04/26/12.
Updated 2/29/12: There is a bill circulating the Senate that, if passed, will create tax credits for consumers that reduce their energy usage by at least 20%. The bill establishes a $2,000 base credit for the first 20% decrease with a $500 stepend for each 5% reduction thereafter. The credit will be capped at $5,000 or 30% of the qualified expenditures, whichever is the lesser amount.
Experts have estimated that this bill will create about 19,000 jobs through contracting, supply, and manufacturing while saving 1.7 billion kilowatthours and 18 trillion Btu of fuel by 2016. This is enough energy to power 375,000 homes!
No one is sure if Congress will pass the bill as it does not identify where the funding will come from, but the fact that energy saving bills are still being considered in Congress is a good sign. This shows that the national mindset toward energy efficiency is changing, becoming more important to the everyday consumer. End of 2/29/12 update.
After hours of fitful debate, the House of Representatives passed the tax extender package last night by a vote of 277-148. President Obama is scheduled to sign it into law this afternoon. The new law will extend a number expired and expiring tax cuts and other incentives for individuals, families, small businesses, and investors.
If you listen to the news sound bites, everyone involved will says the bill is not perfect. Nearly every provision in the bill represents some form of compromise between Democrats and Republicans.
Included in the new law are the Section 25c tax credits, the official name for the energy tax credits available to eligible taxpayers who make qualified energy efficient retrofits to their homes. The tax credits are extended through 2011, but at a significantly reduced value and with changes made to some of the qualifying equipment standards.
Starting on January 1, 2011 and through December 31, 2011, an eligible homeowner can claim 10% of the costs, capped at $500, for the installation of qualified energy efficient improvements, subject to certain limits.
Under the new law, for HVAC and hot water equipment, the maximum a homeowner could claim is $300 for a qualified central air conditioner and heat pump, and $150 for a qualified furnace or hot water boiler, and $50 for any advanced main air circulating fan. The tax credit for qualified hot water heaters is limited to $300.
Beyond the change to the tax credit values, the new law will increase the qualifying standards for natural gas hot water boilers, propane hot water boilers, oil furnaces, and oil hot water boilers to 95% AFUE. The qualifying standards for natural gas furnaces and propane furnace remain at 95% AFUE.
The qualifying standard for central air conditioners and heat pumps, which were modified by the Stimulus bill in 2009, are not changed. Therefore, a central air conditioner must meet or exceed 16 SEER and 13 EER; and an air source heat pump must meet or exceed 15 SEER and 12.5 EER and 8.5 HSPF, in order to qualify for the tax credit.
Finally, the new law reinstates the lifetime credit caps, which disqualify any homeowner who has claimed more than $500 in 25c tax credits since January 1, 2005, from any further credits.
While the extension of the tax credits at a lower value is not ideal, it keeps the tax credits alive and leaves open the opportunity to change them in the next Congress and restore them to the $1,500 level. If the tax credits had not been included in the extender package, they would likely have disappeared forever.
This post was written by Luis | December 20, 2010
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