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Monday, October 5, 2009

Annual Cooling Savings Estimate

Annual savings based on 36.000 Btu unit, 1500 cooling load hours, and .08/kwh. Actual savings may vary depending on climate conditions, energy rates and patterns of usage.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tax Credit on Goodman® Air Conditioner

It’s hard to believe but now you can improve the indoor
comfort of your home, lower your current utility bills,
and reduce your taxes, courtesy of the U.S. Government.
That’s right, homeowners can receive up to a
total of $1500 in tax credits when they select and
install qualifying Goodman® brand heating or
cooling system products. The total tax credits available
are equal to 30% of the installed cost of the qualifying
products or system up to $1500. The qualifying products
or systems must be installed in a homeowners principal
residence from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
Ask your installing dealer/contractor for full details.

This tax credit opportunity is part of the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which
was signed into law on February 17, 2009. For full details
regarding potential tax credits available to you visit
www.energystar.gov. Goodman brand products or systems
that qualify for tax credits must meet minimum energyefficiency
standards as established by the Air Conditioning
Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Saturday, October 3, 2009

What is the timeframe for the R-410A switchover?

The Clean Air Act mandates that all HVAC equipment manufacturers cease producing equipment with R-22 refrigerant on January 1, 2010, and chemical manufacturers cease producing R-22 refrigerant on January 22, 2020. Along with prohibiting the production of chemicals deemed harmful to the ozone, such as R-22 refrigerant, the Clean Air Act also mandates that no refrigerant be released into the atmosphere during installation, service or retirement of equipment.

There is no need for homeowners to panic if they currently have a heating and cooling system equipped with R-22 refrigerant. Chemical manufacturers can still produce R-22 to service existing systems until Jan 1, 2020. After this date, many in the industry have estimated that there will be adequate R-22 supplies available for servicing equipment for the next 20 years. However, as this supply declines, servicing R-22 systems will become increasingly expensive.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Complete List of Energy Definitions

AFUE
It measures the amount of heat actually delivered to your house compared to the amount of fuel that you supply to the furnace. Thus, a furnace that has an 80% AFUE rating converts 80% of the fuel that you supply to heat - the other 20% is lost out of the chimney.

Heat Pump
Depending on the climate you live in a heat pump may be ideal for your family. Heat pumps work similar to a conventional air conditioner with one big exception; they also provide heat in the winter. You can save 30 to 60% on energy usage during the winter months by switching to a heat pump.

HSPF Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
is a measure of the average number of Btu’s of heat delivered for every Watt-hour of electricity used by the heat pump over the heating season. As ratings increase, so does unit efficiency.

SEER Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating
Measures cooling performance on air conditioners, heat pumps and gas/electric package products.
As ratings increase, so does unit efficiency.

R410a
The refrigerant used in any residential air conditioning or heat pump system is central to its performance. The refrigerant is the substance that helps the indoor comfort system remove heat from your homes indoor air and transfer that heat or cold to the outside. This transfer is what makes air conditioning possible. R-410A is incompatible with R-22 refrigerant. R-410A is used at much higher operating pressures than R-22. Carrier Corporation was the first company to introduce a R-410A-based residential air conditioning unit in the marketplace in 1996.

Learning the Types of Air Conditioners

Split System

The most common configuration, a split system is designed to work efficiently for cooling in any climate. Split systems have two main components, the outdoor section (e.g. air conditioner) and the indoor section (e.g. coil and furnace). These two components work together to provide top performance, maximum efficiency and comfort.

Packaged Systems

Packaged systems are designed to heat and cool your home. Your packaged unit may consist of either a heat pump or air conditioner; or a combination furnace and air conditioner called a gas/electric packaged unit.