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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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Maureen Webster
Maureen Webster
23:23 15 Oct 21
Steven was very professional, courteous and efficient. We appreciate that he wore a mask in our home and made helpful suggestions for us. We appreciate Hobaica for all our needs.
Kay Campbell
Kay Campbell
20:02 14 Oct 21
Hobaica Services is a company I can trust! They were responsive and on time. Steven was polite, professional and his work was immaculate. I highly recommend Hobaica Services
Nancy McDowell
Nancy McDowell
14:23 14 Oct 21
Amer has been our service technician twice now and has been very helpful and professional both times.
Powell Family
Powell Family
02:56 13 Oct 21
I highly recommend Binh. He is very knowledgeable and great to work with.
John Lake
John Lake
19:03 12 Oct 21
Hobaica has always maintained top notch professionals. John Miranda serviced the unit this morning. Would recommend them for any air conditioning/heating issues
Joyce Backlund
Joyce Backlund
11:43 12 Oct 21
Ryan with Hobaica is the best! He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable, and works hard to make sure his customer is happy. Thank you Ryan for going the extra mile, it is truly appreciated.
Mee Young Um
Mee Young Um
23:32 11 Oct 21
Our AC blower motor broke twice since mid-June. Hobaica came to replace it twice since then. However, we noticed that our AC wasn't blowing enough air as it did previously, but all technicians from Hobaica couldn't figure out what was wrong with our system or even claimed that it was working properly. Our system could not maintain the set temperature during the afternoons and was constantly running, causing abnormally high electrical bills. Finally, after multiple technician visits, Binh T came and found out that the blower motor was not programmed properly and replaced it with a new one for the "third" time. Our AC is finally blowing sufficient amount of air from the vents!! Thank you so much, Binh T, for being professional and knowledgeable on this matter! We cannot thank you more.
Alfred Tabeek
Alfred Tabeek
00:51 09 Oct 21
Travis did a great job replacing the Moen cartridge in my shower. He even offered to install the escutcheon, stop tube and handle that I expected to do myself. I appreciated that. Travis is professional, does high quality work and is an overall great guy to work with. It was a job well done.
Wesley Paxton
Wesley Paxton
22:06 08 Oct 21
Travis did an exceptional job of installing my new WiFi thermostat and made sure everything worked before he finished the job.

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