Jun 15 2015

Heating and cooling needs account for almost half of all household energy usage. Beaufort County, and Hilton Head homeowners may be looking for ways to save on air conditioning and heating costs. New technology has resulted in improved efficiency with a range of products like heat pumps and multi-stage compressors that use considerably less energy. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, replacing it may be more cost-effective than keeping the old one. Reduce energy costs by 20 to 40 percent depending on the model you choose.

Benefits of High-Efficiency Air Conditioners

As of January 1, 2015, new air conditioning units must adhere to updated energy efficiency guidelines set by the Department of Energy. Efficiency is rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). Each area of the U.S. has different standards that reflect regional climate variations. A minimum of 14 SEER is required for split-system air conditioning units in the Southeastern region, which includes South Carolina. A minimum of 14 SEER for heat pumps is required nationwide. Many manufacturers exceed these minimums.

High efficiency units don’t just save money on energy costs, they provide a more comfortable indoor environment. Variable speed compressors maintain a consistent temperature and control humidity more effectively than standard compressors. When temperatures rise, the unit works at higher speed to reduce both heat and humidity. As temperatures drop, the compressor works at lower speeds to maintain an even temperature. This also reduces wear on the compressor. Most variable speed units are backed by 10-year warranties.

Gray’s Heating and Air Conditioning Services

Gray’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Co. is a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. To maintain this prestigious designation, we must adhere to stringent customer satisfaction requirements and be at the leading edge of HVAC technology. Bryant offers several models of high-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners including those made to withstand the extreme conditions of coastal environments.

Our NATE-certified technicians are trained to calculate load according to industry standards, and to recommend products that meet your comfort needs and your budget. To find out more about the benefits of installing an energy-efficient HVAC system in your home or office, or for information about our services, give us a call at 1-843-689-3111.

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