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You may have been tossing around the idea of replacing the heating system in your Bradenton, FL home for a while now. While you are certainly aware that your current unit is not as efficient as it could be, you are not entirely comfortable with making a large financial investment for a new heating system. On the other hand, it seems wasteful to keep scheduling repairs and putting money into a home heating system that is inefficient at best.

To help you make the decision, Aqua Plumbing & Air suggests that you may want to compare your repair bills and utility costs over the past year. If you notice a pattern of increasing costs, it would be a better use of your money to invest in a new heating system. While it is true that there is a large upfront cost, the most energy efficient models allow you to recover your investment rather quickly.

What the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recommends

The EPA recommends replacing your home heating system with a new one if you have owned your furnace or heat pump for more than 15 years. Older heating systems were not required to submit to minimum energy efficiency standards, which makes them much less efficient than models that were manufactured after October of 2000. This is when the EPA began requiring HVAC manufacturers to list energy efficiency ratings and the approximate cost of operation on all new equipment. The EPA also began enforcing a minimum standard of energy efficiency in response to growing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

How to Measure Efficiency for Your Home Heating System in Bradenton

Pay attention to the Heat Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) rating when you comparing new heat pumps. For maximum energy efficiency, look for a rating that is 8.2 or greater. To determine the HSFP of a heat pump, HVAC manufacturers study how the outdoor unit and indoor coil interact with one another. If you an indoor blower that uses variable speed, you can expect the HSPF rating to be even higher. You should ask your Bradenton HVAC dealer for an energy guide if you don’t see the rating or you don’t fully understand it.

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating is used to determine the effectiveness of a gas furnace. It is expressed as a whole percentage. For example, if your gas furnace uses 90 percent of its available heat to keep your Bradenton home warm, then it is said to be 90 percent energy efficient. The 10 percent of heat that the gas furnace is unable to use is vented outside of your home.

If you have owned your heating system for more than 15 years, it could be only 60 percent efficient. You could increase the energy efficiency of your Bradenton home and save a significant amount of money by upgrading to a newer system. Once you have made the decision to install a new heat pump or furnace, Aqua Plumbing & Air in the Bradenton area for a free estimate on parts and labor.