In a recent report issued by the anti-regulatory Mercatus Center in early July 2012 that questioned the benefits of energy efficient appliance, we at Tri-City felt a need to talk frankly to our customers about the real value of Energy Star® central air systems. The report took aim at appliance standards, claiming that strict energy standards in appliances limited consumer choice and that the standards are not justified, since the environmental benefits are so small. We disagree, but first, a little background:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling account for nearly 60 percent of the energy use in the average home. That’s a pretty big chunk. Luckily, a wide variety of technology enables the efficient conversion of energy into useful cool air for your home. Many systems, in fact, have supporting equipment in common, including thermostats and ducts that also provide opportunities for energy conservation.
Tri-City Appliance Supports Energy Conscious Homeowners in West Haven and Guilford
One of the most important decisions you can make as an energy conscious homeowner is the type of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system you have in your home. With today’s focus on energy-efficiency in appliances, and the broad selection of Energy Star HVAC systems available, year-round comfort and costs are more in sync with each other. We are also committed to being in sync with energy-consciousness homeowners to help them meet their energy goals.
What Are Energy Star Appliances and How Can We Help?
Energy Star products qualify as energy efficient after meeting stringent guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provide significant long-term energy savings. Here at Tri-City Heating and Cooling, as part of our promise to you and in keeping with Connecticut’s outstanding record in energy-efficiency programs, we take energy efficiency one step further by assessing more than the pieces that fit into your home; we’ll assess the larger components at work by helping to facilitate a Home Energy Solutions assessment, sponsored by CL&P/UI, which shows where improvements can be made in the home to maximize overall efficiency. Assessments include evaluating your HVAC system, insulation and duct test.
How to Receive High Efficiency HVAC Rebates in West Haven and Guilford
Special incentives exist for installing electrical central air conditioning that meet specific energy-efficiency ratings established by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). High Efficiency HVAC Rebate Application can be completed online HERE and printed and mailed. If you’re not sure your system qualifies for the rebate, you can have a Tri-City Heating and Cooling contractor check your system’s efficiency. Rebates generally yield $250 back to you for AHRI-rated central air conditioning and split systems (14.5 SEER² / 12 EER³) and AHRI-rated unitary air conditioning packaged systems (14 SEER / 11 EER).