Even if you have the most energy efficient HVAC system, old, leaking windows will drastically affect your energy costs this summer.
Your HVAC system is possibly the biggest energy consumers in your house. Even if you have the most energy efficient system, maintaining a comfortable temperature inside your house can cost you quite a lot. Keeping this in mind, many homeowners try different methods to conserve energy and save on their utility bills. One method that many homeowners have been trying is upgrading their windows. However, it is important that cost and benefits are carefully evaluated before making a decision about the upgrade.
What St. Louis HVAC Experts Have to Say
Up until last year, you could qualify for a tax credit, offered by the IRS, for energy efficient multi-pane window replacements. Since this green tax credit is no longer available, the cost of replacement is borne entirely by you. The cost of replacing windows for a single family home can run up to five figures, which is quite steep for many households. Although, you will reap the benefits eventually, the decision must be considered carefully because of the large upfront costs involved.
Having high-performance windows installed not only reduces your annual heating and cooling bills, but they will reduce your costs during peak heating and cooling periods as well.
You may be able to offset the costs of getting new windows by having a smaller heating and cooling system installed. It is important that you have a properly sized HVAC system in your home. Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to ensuring that your HVAC system is right for you and your home.
How Windows Affect Energy Costs
It is estimated that about 25% of the conditioned air in a home is lost through cracks and holes. This decreases the energy efficiency and increases the wear and tear on the air conditioner. These leaks often cause inadequate and inconsistent cooling in different parts of the house, causing an HVAC system to work overtime to maintain the required temperatures.
While proper insulation or covering air leaks may be helpful, they are generally only temporary solutions.
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As your friend and neighbor, Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is dedicated to ensuring that your St. Louis home’s A/C system is keeping you cool, even during those sweltering summer days.
We have the skills and tools needed to cover everything from a new installation to yearly maintenance and repair work, large and small. Leave it to us to make sure that your home is never without refreshing conditioned air when those St. Louis summer temps start to rise. Contact us by calling (636) 305-9555 or by filling out our online contact form.