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What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

We believe that any rating above 13 is good. Why is this you ask? Well, the minimum SEER rating allowed for air conditioner manufacturers in Northern states is 13 and the minimum allowed in Southern states is 14 (due to longer, hotter Summers). Prior to these standardized minimum SEER ratings, we had air conditioners with ratings under 10…well below 10. So, the advancements that have been made recently in the air conditioning world are pretty extraordinary. Because of these advancements, when most people are upgrading their ac units today, they are REALLY upgrading. Most people are going from SEER ratings as low as 8 up to 13-14 as a minimum. That’s almost a 100% increase in efficiency!

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How Much Does it Cost to Replace Your AC Unit?

When it comes to the national average, there are a few different numbers. According to 3 different sources, the national average to replace an ac unit is between $4,600 and $5,700. Please understand that this does not mean this is what you will pay. Why? Well, this average price is not factoring in the brand of the unit, the model or product line, the size of the unit, or the extent of the labor involved with installing the unit. All of these factors can affect the price dramatically.

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How Does an Air Conditioner Work?

We all love the benefits of an air conditioner blowing cool air on us on hot Summer days. If you are like me, you probably always thought air conditioners took warm air from outside, turned it into cool air, and then delivered that cool air indoors. This seemed like the most logical, common-sense way for …

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What is Preventive Maintenance Exactly?

The whole point of preventive maintenance is to prevent problems and malfunctions from occurring with the particular item, asset or piece of equipment. Preventive maintenance is a very necessary requirement if we want to get the most out of the item and our investment. A lack of preventive maintenance will likely result in high repair costs, reduced longevity, lack in performance, and can ultimately result in complete breakdown or failure.

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What Temperature Range Are Heat Pumps Effective?

So, for cooler temperatures, I’d say around 50 – 65 degrees F is what I would call the sweet spot for a heat pump. In this range heat pumps are very efficient and effective. They are still effective in the 40’s and even down into the 30’s. But, as I stated earlier, once the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees F, you will probably notice a significant drop in the heating ability of a heat pump.

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How Much Does a New HVAC System Cost?

According to a couple of sources, the national average cost for a new HVAC system ranges from $4800-$9850, including installation. But, that doesn’t include new ductwork. If it’s a new construction project with a completely brand new HVAC system, the national average is around $6800-$12000. This includes ductwork and everything needed for a new system where one has never existed before.

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Gas Furnace vs Electric – Pros & Cons

When it comes to the gas furnace vs electric furnace debate, there are supporters on both sides. But is there a clear cut better choice? To answer that I would say that the majority of people, and experts, would say that gas furnaces are the better choice. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the …

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How Much Can a High Efficiency Furnace Save?

The main reason that people consider a high efficiency furnace is savings. Savings on our energy bill typically translates to savings in our bank account. Who doesn’t want that? I know I do! But how much savings can be expected by switching to a high efficiency furnace? A savings of at least 10% can be …

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Should I Buy an 80% or 95% Efficiency Furnace?

At first glance most of us think that a furnace with a 95% efficiency rating (AFUE) is going to be a better option than a furnace that is 80% efficient. After all, that’s a 15% increase in efficiency! Well, there is truth to that, but let’s observe some other factors and elements that need to be considered before pulling the trigger on that high-efficiency furnace.

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