How much can you save by upgrading to a more energy-efficient HVAC system? It’s time to find out! Timo’s Energy Efficiency Calculator allows you to gauge the savings before you invest your hard-earned money in a new system that may not be right for you and your space.
Calculate the Savings Before the Spending
At Timo’s, our Energy Efficiency Calculator can help you answer the following questions:
- How much can I save by upgrading to a higher efficiency air conditioner?
- What is the difference in energy costs between my current cooling system’s SEER and an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating?
- How Does the Calculator Work?
The calculator’s primary purpose is to help you compare the energy costs of two air conditioners with different SEER ratings and to estimate how much you can save by upgrading to a higher-efficiency unit. It uses these four factors:
- A unit’s SEER rating
- Its size (in tons)
- The cost of electricity per kilowatt-hour (Kwh) in Southern California
- Annual cooling hours for your location
Using this data, you can compare your current air conditioner to others with different SEER ratings to determine which system makes the most sense for you and your budget.
- What Is SEER?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the rating system representing the energy efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. The higher the number, the less electricity the air conditioner or heat pump consumes to keep your home cool.
- What is an Energy Star rating?
You may have noticed the Energy Star symbol on some of your appliances, including your furnace and AC unit. HVAC systems that have the Energy Star symbol meet stringent energy efficiency guidelines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. They are designed to be more eco-friendly than comparable products. Many Energy Star-rated products may qualify for tax rebates and incentives. Check with your tax specialist to find out more.
- Rebate & Federal Tax Credit Eligibility
Am I eligible for manufacturer rebates or federal tax credits for my new, high-efficiency HVAC system?
When you install a new, energy-efficient HVAC system, you’ll not only reduce monthly energy bills, but you could also receive manufacturer rebates and federal tax credits. The Timo’s team knows which products come with these valuable incentives, and we will help you gather the manufacturer certifications required to file for rebates and tax credits. At Timo’s, we make it easy to save money while enjoying high-performance home comfort!
- Safety & Energy Tips From Timo’s
Working to protect the environment and safeguard your budget, the Timo’s team offers products and services that will save energy—and lower utility bills. For home and property owners who wish to be frugal and eco-friendly, Timo’s recommends the following conservation tips.
Make sure your attic is adequately insulated.
According to energy experts, 40 percent or more of your heat and conditioned air may be escaping through the roof. Unfortunately, many builders skimp when it comes to attic insulation. So your home may be improperly protected. Properly insulating your attic is one of the most important things you can do for your comfort—and your budget. To keep your home cozy, Timo’s has partnered with Owens Corning—the industry leader in insulation. Utilizing the latest technology, we can add up to 18 inches of high-quality, blown-in insulation to your attic in less than two hours.
If your home climate seems to favor the extremes, call Timo’s today to schedule a no-obligation attic insulation consultation. Keep in mind: Increased insulation can make your attic chilly and prone to moisture buildup. So it’s important to have your HVAC contractor inspect your attic vent system, as well.
Close fireplace dampers when you’re not enjoying a fire.
Open dampers allow warm air to escape up the chimney. In addition, make sure all of your vents and registers are free of any obstructions so that all warm and cool air circulates easily and efficiently.
Change furnace filters at least four times per year.
When your filter is clogged with dust, debris and pet dander, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep your home comfy. To maintain the performance and cleanliness of your HVAC equipment, it’s critical to replace or clean filters on a regular basis. We recommend four times a year, but pet owners or those suffering from allergies and asthma should change filters more often—up to six times a year.
Though they cost more, high-efficiency, allergy-friendly filters last longer and deliver improved filtration. To inquire about the best filter for your HVAC system or to schedule your seasonal system maintenance visit, contact a Timo’s technician.
Adjust your thermostat a few degrees.
For every degree you lower your furnace or raise your air conditioner, you can save up to 3 percent on your energy bill. Wear layers during winter and consider installing an attic fan to circulate cool evening air during the summer. Ceiling fans are an energy-efficient way of spreading air throughout your home and they cost very little to run. Once you’ve decided upon a comfortable temperature, maintain that temp using your adjustable thermostat.
Consider replacing aging or damaged windows.
While new windows are a costly investment, they will save you money in the long term: as much as 15 percent each year! If your budget is an issue, begin replacing them one-by-one, starting with the larger windows. In the meantime, remember to check for leaky window and door seals and caulking—and replace/reseal them, if necessary.
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