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If you are trying to make your home more energy efficient, Aqua Plumbing & Air recommends replacing air conditioners that are more than 10 years old and heating systems over 15 years old. Older HVAC systems simply don’t have the means to be as energy efficient as today’s models have. We also recommend HVAC system replacement for units that need frequent repairs. Although the cost of new air conditioning or heating system installation is more expensive initially, you should recover your investment within a few years due to lowered operating costs.

Both air conditioners and heating systems have ratings to help you determine how energy efficient they are likely to be in your Bradenton, Florida home. Air conditioners are assigned a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) number to help you determine the cost of use over an entire cooling season. In order to be energy efficient, you want to purchase an air conditioner with the highest SEER number possible. The minimum acceptable SEER number is 12, although some units have ratings as high as the low 20s. The service technicians at our company can help you evaluate the ratings along with your budget and other factors.

If you need to replace the heating component of your HVAC system for your Bradenton home, consider the Heat Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) for heat pumps and the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) for gas furnaces. The HSPF is calculated by analyzing the interaction between indoor coils and the outdoor heating unit. A rating of 8.2 or above is considered to be energy efficient. If your HVAC system uses a gas furnace, the AFUE tells you how efficient it is utilizing all of its available heat. A rating of 90 percent or more is excellent. Aqua Plumbing & Air has numerous makes and models of HVAC equipment available for your consideration.