22 Aug Replacing your HVAC in Denver? Prepare for the 2015 DOE Regulations
When is the best time to have your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system checked? In an article published by Explorer News, StatePoint Media gets the pulse of the experts from a major international HVAC provider. According to these experts, fall is a great time to conduct a thorough inspection and maintenance, and more importantly, to remedy the kinks and glitches that can make the colder months unbearable.
Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it.
So-called “zombie” heat pumps appear to be alive and running, but in reality are not performing optimally, or at all. If your air conditioner doubles as a heat pump, fall is the time to have your system checked out for the heating season. Fall is also a good time to have a conventional furnace checked out by a contractor. If it’s older like the AC unit, you might be better off having them both replaced at once.
Aside from replacing a malfunctioning unit for your comfort, getting a new HVAC in Denver this fall helps you prepare early for the regulations taking effect in 2015. The Department of Energy (DOE) has set new standards for the energy efficiency of residential central air conditioners or heating and cooling systems that take effect January 1 next year. Although the regional variation has yet to be finalized, the national standards are, for all intents and purposes, set in stone.
The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the thermal efficiency of furnaces, or the equipment’s rate of fuel consumption. The current national minimum AFUE is 78%, which is set to be revised to 80%.
For Central ACs and Heat Pumps
On the other hand, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) dictates how much power it takes for your AC to produce its cooling output. From the current national minimum of 13 SEER, HVAC systems will be required to have a rating of 14 SEER. The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), which measures the efficiency of air source heat pumps, stays at 8.2 HSPF.
A company that offers Denver heating and cooling system inspections, maintenance, and replacement, such as Total Plumbing, Inc. can help you adhere to these guidelines. These professionals can be your guide for interpreting changes to equipment labels and finding compliant, equipment that give you bang for your buck.
(Source: Five Good Reasons to Replace Your Old AC in Fall, Explorer News, August 21, 2014)