Surprisingly enough, many parts of the midwest have actually had a break from the hottest weather this month. Finding an opportunity to completely shut down the HVAC system a few nights in the middle of summer is very uncommon, but very welcome. With this break for residential HVAC systems, home owners are able to open the windows and enjoy fresh air, which is not always the case.
Heating and cooling systems are an essential part of many homes and businesses. In fact, 66% of homes in the U.S. now have air conditioning, and many people would admit that they cannot live without it. In many parts of the country, it would be impossible to live safely with out a cooling and heating system. In addition to survival, however, HVAC systems provide comforts. People who have allergies, for instance, are often far more healthy in a home that is cooled and heated by a HVAC system that uses the best kind of air filters. Being able to breathe easy every night is an important factor for people who have asthma and other breathing issues.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the HVAC industry and the impact that it has on the nation’s economy:
- At an annual cost of more than $11 billion to homeowners, air conditioners use about 5% of all the electricity produced in the U.S.
- Air conditioning units last between 10 and 15 years
- Heating and air conditioning a home requires a 43% chunk from a monthly utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Improper equipment installation can decrease a home’s heating and cooling efficiency by as much as 30%.
- Maaking it the largest energy expense for most homes, heating and cooling account for as much as 48% of the energy use in a typical home in America.
- Without adequate attic insulation, as much as 20% of every dollar spent on home heating escapes through the roof. In fact, installing insulation is generally the best single step to take to reduce energy waste.
Even if you have had a cooler July than you expected, it is important to remember that you will likely not get through the rest of this summer without needing the use of an effective and efficient HVAC system.