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Deciding if Energy Efficiency is Worth the Investment

Not all air-conditioning systems are the same. Some systems are cheaper to purchase but require more electricity, resulting in higher utility bills each month. Then, there are high-efficiency units that save on electricity costs, but have a higher initial price. Saving energy is a good idea, but is it worth the higher cost of the unit?

SEER Ratings make the difference if you are looking for a high-efficiency unit. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system will be.

A detailed calculation can be found by downloading the Energy Star cost calculator. (This is really cool, try it)  Plug in your electric rate, which you can find on your bill from SRP or APS, along with the SEER rating and size of the air conditioner units you are considering purchasing.  The spreadsheet automatically calculates the price for each system, the annual utility costs, and how long it will take for the energy savings to pay for your high-efficiency system.

For example, an average home in Phoenix, AZ with a 3-ton A/C unit and an electric rate of $0.12 per Kilowatt-hour would save an estimated $503 annually by purchasing a higher-efficiency 14.5 SEER system, compared to a 13 SEER system. The energy savings more than make up for the difference in purchase price.

The benefits go beyond dollars and cents. The spreadsheet also lists environmental benefits. For example, the typical Phoenix, AZ home which uses a high efficiency system will reduce carbon dioxide pollution by more than 31,000 pounds, or the equivalent of saving three acres of forest.

Considering both the cost savings and the green impact, the high-efficiency air conditioner is a great purchase.

And between us and the fence post, low efficiency systems are being discontinued and sold less and less.  High efficiency and environmentally responsible solutions are quickly becoming the industry standard among the best HVAC contractors.

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Chase Coffield
Chase Coffield
18:58 03 Jul 22
July '22: Welp, of course the older AC goes out in the Phoenix summer on a long holiday weekend but Hobaica saved our holiday! Called the emergency line and they were able to get a technician (John M) on site within 2 hours. John was very helpful in explaining the situation and helping evaluate the options, very knowledgeable, informative, efficient, and of course top notch customer service.As I've used Hobaica twice in less than a year on two systems, I'll be relying on them in the future for electrical, plumbing, and HVAC needs.Nov '21: Of the 5 - 7 separate HVAC companies that came to give a quote, they were the only ones to provide more than one option based on the specific needs of the space and its use.My only criticism is regarding specifics of installation that I now have questions on, that should've been hammered out beforehand.
Elizabeth Silva
Elizabeth Silva
23:13 02 Jul 22
J. Miranda was so helpful and replied to our request right away! Called other places for emergency repair on our AC and they wouldn't be able to send someone for 3 days! Anyone who lives in AZ knows waiting that long is not an option especially during the summer! J. Miranda was friendly and took the time to explain what needed fixing. Will recommend! Thank you again!
Chad Van Haren
Chad Van Haren
20:04 02 Jul 22
Great experience receiving estimate. Quick scheduling of service. Knowledgeable service techs. Most importantly, they delivered peace of mind, which can't be purchased.
Harriet Moser
Harriet Moser
13:22 02 Jul 22
Great guys to work with. Knowledgable, efficient, professional.A follow up concern we had about our new unit was responded to quickly & well. Nothing wrong with the equipment, but it was retested and we were educated more about our new system by our tech.
Kitty Smith
Kitty Smith
11:56 02 Jul 22
Grayson Vu was a very knowledgeable and professional service tech. He was on time and took his time checking things out. He even recommended something to improve our air flow and comfort. Great company and great rep!
Karen Bender
Karen Bender
23:26 01 Jul 22
John and Jared came out today to take a look at my air conditioning unit. I live in a condo where I can’t see my unit but noticed some water dripping from the roof. They weren’t just on time, they were a little early which helped free up the rest of my day.They found that the system was running as it should be and let me know that the water was dripping because the condensation line was disconnected. Super easy fix with a little bit of glue, and they did not create worry where there was none just to add to the bill.As if that wasn’t good enough, they were incredibly nice and easy to talk to. Not nice because it’s required- just really genuine people. I was not expecting to have such an easy and inexpensive experience in Phoenix during hot, muggy monsoon season. Thank you both for making my day!
Jim Adams
Jim Adams
18:54 01 Jul 22
We recently had our air conditioning go out on Tuesday and on Friday a new unit was installed. The service has been fantastic. Could not have asked for a faster more friendly company.Zach and Gio were amazing in getting the unit installed and walking us through the new thermostat.
PHX Keeve
PHX Keeve
22:05 30 Jun 22
Grayson came out and was on time, and very nice. He took extra time to diagnose a potential problem, and even re-secured some wire mesh (to keep birds out) that had been blown off from the wind. He answered all my questions, will do business with hobaica again.
James Borsheim
James Borsheim
21:27 30 Jun 22
In every way possible, extremely professional service. Used since 2008, very pleased.

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