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Department of Energy Measurement and Standards


The DOE set up a system to measure central heating and air conditioning efficiency performance. Today, you can easily use this information to help you in your system selection. Your actual savings will depend on the weather in your area, utility costs, your home's energy efficiency, and your preferences for indoor temperatures. However, generally, in areas with hot temperatures or above-average electric costs, you can benefit from a higher-SEER cooling unit. Likewise in areas with colder temperatures or above-average fuel costs, you'll usually benefit from a higher-AFUE gas furnace.


In practical terms, you can compare annual operating costs of two cooling systems just by knowing their efficiency ratings.




Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Program


The DOE and the EPA initiated the Energy Star Program to promote use of energy-efficient products.






SEER stands for Season Energy Efficiency Ratio and applies to central air conditioners and heat pumps. The minimum set by the Department of Energy is 13 SEER and for Energy Star, 14 SEER. The higher the SEER, the greater the energy economy.





Matching Systems



Town & Country follows published recommendations for matching the various components required. For example, split system air conditioners include a condensing unit that's located outside your house and an evaporator coil that's located inside your house with your furnace or air handler.


 Dealers must take special care to match the condensing unit selected to its corresponding evaporator coil. For any split system air conditioner to deliver its rated efficiency and performance, both the outside condensing unit and the indoor cooling coil must be matched. For example, if you have a new condensing unit put in, but don't have the indoor coil updated, you won't get the maximum cooling energy efficiency.



Refrigerant changeover


In 2010 the EPA required HVAC manufacturers to switch to R-410a (Puron) refrigerant. Their reasoning is that the previous refrigerant (r-22) depletes the ozone layer. R-22 will still be available to service existing systems but r-410a will be the new standard. We have been recommending that our customers use r-410a systems for the last few years in anticipation of the changeover. However the manufacturers have not been offering all options in both refrigerants.


 More information can be found here.







These rebates change often please check with the rebate provider before purchasing.




PG&E rebate/financing programs




SMUD rebate/financing programs




Please check with your tax preparer for specifics on high efficiency tax incentives.


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