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Energy Efficiency Upgrades: The Benefits of Upgrading Your HVAC System


Is your HVAC system functioning poorly, in need of frequent repairs or one big expensive repair, or starting to use more energy as time goes by? Is it getting to an age that you know indicates the end of its life is near? Or perhaps you’re just curious about how much better things could be with a brand-new, top-of-the-line system?

There are many reasons to upgrade your HVAC system, and when you’re considering a big household decision, the first thing you should do is research. We’d like to give you some information about exactly what’s available these days.

Advancements in AC Technology

SEER rating requirements have increased recently. In fact, they’ve been upgraded to a new SEER2 rating. That’s the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2, which measures how much energy an air conditioner uses. The requirements were able to go up to a rating of 14.3 and higher because of new innovations in how air conditioners are manufactured.

New types of refrigerant, new materials for the coils the refrigerant runs through, variable-speed fans, and multi-stage compressors all conserve energy and decrease the amount of energy needed to keep homes cool. This translates to a lower utility bill for you to pay. And while the new minimum rating is 14.3 for our region, there are high-efficiency AC systems with ratings as high as 20.

Heat Pumps

For one-stop shopping for all your heating and cooling needs year-round, heat pumps are an ideal option. By reversing the flow of refrigerant through the system during the winter, heat pumps are able to bring in warmth from outside to heat your home—yes, even when the temperatures outdoors are very low! They’re extremely efficient. The other way they’ll save you money is if you needed to replace both your air conditioner and your heater. Getting a single system is much less expensive than having to purchase two.

Ductwork Considerations

Some estimates suggest that up to a third of your heated or conditioned air can be lost through damaged ductwork. If your ducts are old and deteriorating, or if you have reason to suspect that they’ve sustained some damage, it might be time for duct repair or even replacement. This could make your system much more efficient.

But there are other options! Ductless systems eliminate the need for ducts altogether, and they offer zone control, which can cut your bills by allowing you to direct heating or cooling only to the areas where they’re actually needed.

Zone Control

If you’re happy with your ducted system but love the idea of zone control, fear not! There is a way to have both. Zone control systems add dampers to your ductwork, with thermostats that control them. The dampers can close off sections of your home, saving you from heating or cooling areas that are unoccupied.

Professional HVAC Help

If you have questions about HVAC replacement in Pelham, AL, our team of qualified technicians would love to help you find the answers. Whether you know what type of system you want or need more information about your options, we’ve got you covered.

“Your experience is what matters most!” Contact Douglas Cooling & Heating today for help with all your heating and cooling needs.

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