Energy Efficiency And You, The Homeowners In Greenville, Rockford, Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.
Energy efficiency will be an important topic for years to come, unfortunately there are plenty of myths and misinformation. This leads to significant confusion about what improvements should be tackled first. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, our mission is to help homeowners like you make the best buying decision using our vast knowledge and experience of improving the performance of homes.
Let's start by pointing out that heating and cooling a home takes up the major portion of utility bills. That shouldn't surprise anyone. As you can see 58% of your energy usage is consumed by your HVAC System and Hot Water Heater.
In an attempt to target and reduce these pieces of the pie, homeowners often spend money on things that don't really help or deliver the results they hope for.
Guys like Dr. Michael Busby, past president of Watt Count Engineering Systems says energy is one of those things that affects our lives every day; with utility bills rising each year and projected to keep increasing at 8% to 10% a year, so people are looking for ways to cut down on their energy usage and monthly bills.
DTE Energy states on their website:
"Properly-maintained equipment lasts longer, and can prevent more costly repairs. A diagnostic tune-up can identify and eliminate potential health and safety problems. Improperly-operating gas furnaces can become a potential hazard. A dirty burner or cracked heat exchanger causes improper operation.
New furnaces can operate at efficiencies of up to 98%. That means for every dollar spent on fuel, only 2% is wasted. An 18-year-old unit could waste as much as 20-30%."
At H&H Plumbing & Heating, our mantra is "Biggest Bang For The Buck". Rushing out and replacing your HVAC System tomorrow may not achieve the results you hope for.
So the question then turns to, "when does it make sense to replace or upgrade?" Energy efficiency and comfort are not just a function of the age and efficiency rating of your furnace or air conditioner alone. However, it is a major factor. Hence, the importance of a tune-up to benchmark the performance of your system.("taking a look under the hood") Through our blog, you'll learn how there are a multitude of factors that contribute to higher bills and decreased comfort.
As Energy Expert, Doug Rye would tell you, “Energy Efficient Improvements Go Hand In Hand With An Increase In Comfort”
You just need an informed approach.