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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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Check Out Our Reviews . . . From Neighbors Near You

Pam Goslar
Pam Goslar
21:58 14 Apr 21
Several years ago we purchased an air conditioner and furnace from Hobaica. Justin became our tech checking up on the system twice a year. Now that we moved Justin came out today to do our cooling/heat checkup and electrical eval. We are happy to be back on track with Hobaica and Justin.
Alex Angeles
Alex Angeles
21:36 14 Apr 21
Daniel did a great job.
M Maddox
M Maddox
20:23 14 Apr 21
After 30 years in the valley, this is the only company we use for heating/AC and plumbing.
Steve Morrow
Steve Morrow
20:11 14 Apr 21
Hobaica installed our new HVAC 2 years ago. They did a great job: professional, no mess, reasonably-priced and friendly. Today technician Danny U. came and did an inspection and maintenance. He was knowledgeable, informative and nice to work with, and as far as I can see he did a very thorough job.
Andrew Loubert
Andrew Loubert
19:21 14 Apr 21
My Tech Ryan Waters was helpful in giving me options and the work seems to have been well done. No issues so far and it's been 6 months.
Robert Vaage
Robert Vaage
17:20 14 Apr 21
Did a great job
David Gardner
David Gardner
17:14 14 Apr 21
Travis, the service technician, was on time, personable, and helpful.
Josh Zomok
Josh Zomok
16:56 14 Apr 21
Steven A came out for an AC service. He was professional and answered all questions we had. He was able to find small problems that are easy fixes before bigger problems came up. This is our first time using Hobaicas and we will continue to use them for all of our AC needs. Amazing company!!!
Justin Sjaaheim
Justin Sjaaheim
14:30 14 Apr 21
Scott Dale was professional & transparent. He understood the symptoms we were having with the AC unit & confirmed our issue. Scott was confident in communicating what needed to happen to solve the problem & knowledgeable in various methods to approach the solution. Not only was he respectful to our choice of repairs, he did not push an agenda & was patient with explaining the various aspect of the issue. Scott gave us the opportunity to know exactly what he found in the unit along the way & documented the condition of our unit to share openly with us. To top his service off, Scott acted with immense integrity - he had full access to the areas he needed to be successful & made the professional decisions to respect our property & get the job done well. Thanks Hobaica for quick & quality service.

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