Residential

Installation for any home

Selecting the Right System for Lower Energy Cost!






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  • Forced Air heating and cooling
  • Hydronic and In-floor radiant Heating
  • Heat Pumps
  • Geothermal
  • Multi Splits
  • Plumbing

As you know, rising energy costs are starting to stretch family budgets. As a result, we all are looking for new ways to get energy cost down to a manageable level. One way to reduce energy costs is by replacing an inefficient heating and cooling system with one of the new high efficiency systems available today.

The difficulty for homeowners is to understand which heating and/or cooling system is best for your specific situation. How do you know if one system is better than the other?

A well trained Heating and Cooling Contractor will help you with this very important money saving decision. Together you can compare the various heating and cooling systems on the market today, "selecting the best system with your family needs in mind."


Our Difference

Here are steps that we (but not all contractors) follow when selecting a system. This necessary information will provide great insight as to which system is right for you.

      Complete a detailed heat loss/heat gain analysis of the structure using ACCA's Manual J-8.
      Verify all available energy sources.
      Select the available Heating and Cooling Equipment and Calculate energy costs.
      Establish the cost of installing each system.
      Perform an energy analysis comparing each system operating cost.

Complete a detailed heat loss/heat gain analysis

The purpose of heating and cooling equipment is to move or replace heat energy (Btu's) in the home or structure. Heating and cooling system sizing is based on the heat energy (Btu's) being replaced or removed. Properly sized equipment is important to maximize energy efficiency of the equipment, improve the comfort of the home and keep maintenance costs low. Here is more information provided by the Department of Energy titled RIGHT-SIZE HEATING AND COOLING EQUIPMENT.

Complete a detailed heat loss/heat gain analysis

Knowing the available sources of energy determines which systems can be used in a particular area. Typical energy sources are:

  • Electricity - readily available in all areas
  • Natural Gas - delivered by underground pipe lines available in mostly developed areas
  • Propane Gas - delivered by tanker trucks and is readily available anywhere.
  • Fuel Oil - delivered by tanker trucks and is readily available anywhere.

Calculating

Energy costs are based on different units of measure and are as follows:

  • Electricity unit of measure is kilowatts per hour (KWH) and provides 3413 Btu's per Kilowatt hour.
  • Natural Gas unit of measure is cubic feet (CCF) and provides 100,000 Btu's per cubic foot.
  • Propane Gas unit of measure is gallons per hour (GPH) and provides 92,500 Btu's per gallon.
  • Fuel Oil unit of measure is gallons per hour -GPH- and provides 140,000 Btu's per gallon..

As you may have noticed every unit of measure has a Btu output rating. This will help determine operating cost. For example:

The annual operating cost for a typical 1400 sq. ft. home in Michigan using 68,260,000 Btu's of heat energy annually is as follows.

  • Electric Heat at $0.09 per KW = $1800.00
  • 90% Natural Gas Furnace at $1.15 per CCF = $872.21
  • 90% Propane Furnace at $2.29per gal. = $1898.18
  • 82% Fuel Oil Furnace at $3.50 per Gal. = $2081.10
  • 5.1 COP* Geothermal H.P. at $0.09 per KW = $352.94

*COP is the coefficient of performance. (Example: a 5 COP Means for every 1 KW of energy you purchase you will pickup 4 KW of free energy from the environment)

Establish the cost of installation

Once the new equipment is correctly sized and the available energy sources are established we can put your individual estimate together. Our proposal will then compare the installation cost to the operating cost and establish your return on investment.