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We had to have our central air unit replaced about a year ago. It had been running poorly and we had it serviced. They had told us it had a slow leak. Maybe within another year, it kept freezing up and I had to clean up water because of it continuously.
We were hoping it would be an easy fix, but not the case. The coils were worthless and we ended up getting a whole new unit. The day it was fixed I was so content because we finally had a nice, consistent room temperature. Nellie was very happy too. She is like me and has to have her a/c.
The whole process didn't take long at all and it made me appreciate cooling and the people who take care of it even more. Did you know there are new regulations for a/c units? I had no idea and found the information below interesting...
Beginning January 1, 2015, The United States Department of Energy raised minimum standards for heat pumps (a common air conditioning and heating appliance) nationwide. All new central heat pumps are required to meet a minimum 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and 8.0-8.2 HSPF (heating seasonal performance factor.) The current minimums are 13 SEER with no minimum HSPF.
In 20 Southern and Southwestern states, regulations also affect new central air conditioning units, which are now required to have a minimum 14 SEER rating vs. 13 SEER. With manufacturers phasing out production of 13 SEER units, the regulations affect Northern homeowners by default.
According to Dave Moody, Director of Field Marketing for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, more energy-efficient heat pumps will cost homeowners approximately $1,000 more, while the new central air conditioning units will be about $1,500-$1,700 more, depending on the quality, guarantees and warranties provided by the installation contractor.
"This action is aimed at increasing building energy efficiency. The good news is that homeowners will save an average of 5% annually on their utility bills with the more energy-efficient, 14 SEER systems. The best offense against costly a/c repairs or replacement is an annual professional tune-up on the cooling system. Service Experts Precision Tune-Up is a comprehensive cleaning - and it can cost even less with special off-season offers. Your air conditioning equipment is just like your car. Regular maintenance will help to prevent a break down during heavy operation, and identify any potential problems before they become serious."
About The NEST Learning Thermostat:
The Nest learns behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom, more energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule, keeping homeowners comfortable at home and conserving energy while away.
The Nest learning thermostat can be adjusted remotely via a computer, tablet or smart phone. It has won numerous awards and accolades since it hit the market in 2011, including the prestigious Good Housekeeping Research Institute VIP Award (Very Innovative Product), the Red Dot Product Design Award and the Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award.
People can install the Nest Thermostat themselves in 30 minutes or less. Once it's on your wall, it automatically activates the best features for your system and starts learning about you and your home.
Find out more at the Eveready Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing website: www.evereadyserviceexperts.com
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