Upgrade your water heater for greater energy efficiency

There’s nothing better than waking up on a cold Chicago morning and taking a nice, hot shower before you start your day. And there’s nothing worse that realizing, in surprise, that the person who used the shower before you went through the supply of hot water. As your water heater begins to age, it no longer works quite the way it should—or, perhaps it was never that great to begin with. It might be time for an upgrade.

water-heater-repair-chicagoWhy should I upgrade my water heater?

  • Your current heater may be highly inefficient: Generally, the newer the water heater, the more energy efficient it is—and the more money it saves you every month on your utility bills. Your old water heater may be costing you a lot of money, because…
  • It uses more energy than most of your home: While people might not think of a water heater as a major electricity or gas hog, most water heaters use more than anything else in your home, sans your heating and cooling system.
  • Your water heater may not meet your needs: Maybe your water heater is too small, and doesn’t have the capacity to hold enough hot water for you and your family to get ready in the morning. If so, you might be in the market for a system that holds a greater supply.

What should I look for in new hot water heater?

Here are three things to consider when you’re on the hunt for a new heater:

  1. Check the FHR:  One of the most pervasive misconceptions about hot water heaters is that a bigger tank always translates to more hot water on hand. Instead, check the label on the heater for the First-Hour Rating (FHR). The FHR indicates the amount of hot water that the heater can dispense within the first hour of use. If you have questions about FHR or how to compare systems, give King Heating and Cooling a call.
  2. Look at the EF: The “Efficiency Factor” (EF) measures the total energy efficient of a  water heater. The higher the EF figure, the more efficient the heater is. Gas water heaters have an EF between 0.50 and 0.60, with some high-efficiency models around 0.80. Remember: the more energy efficient your heater is, the more you’ll save on energy bills for years to come.
  3. Find value: This doesn’t mean just selecting the least expensive water heater you find. A cheap water heater might save you money initially, but—over the lifetime of the heater—could cost you big in electricity/gas bills. Instead, weigh the FHR and EF against the price to get a water heater that’s right for your home.

What’s the benefit of working with King?

We’re Chicago’s own heating and cooling company, with years of experience helping families just like yours repair, maintain, and install water heaters. We offer 24/7 emergency assistance with certified technicians, and we back up our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Whether you’re in the market for a new system, or just need us to get your old one working again, schedule service with us, or give us a call at (708) 336-3061.

When is the Right Time for Air Conditioning Replacement

Sometimes its difficult to let things go. We like to hold on to things as long as possible to make sure that we get every bit of use out of it. This even applies to Air Conditioning units. When it comes time for replacement, it’s often difficult to determine what time is the right time to let go of the old and make way for the new. So how do you determine whether of not it’s the right time to consider replacing your old air conditioning unit- that is before it stops working completely, that one is kind of a given. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to wrap your head around whether it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit or if you can hold on to your current ac for a few more years.

Air Conditioning Replacement. Is it the right time?

Ask yourself these questions to help gain some insight on whether of not it is time to replace your air conditioning unit. By answering these questions, you will be able to make a more informed and educated decision when it comes to investing in a new ac unit.

How old is your current a/c unit?

The age of your current A/C unit is one of the biggest determining factors when considering replacement. The average unit has a lifespan of 12-15 years. If you get 15 years of cooling power out of your air conditioning unit, consider that a successful life! If your a/c is reaching it’s elderly years and just doesn’t have the same pizzaz that it used to, it might be time to consider a replacement.

old-heating-and-ac-unit

 

However, if it is getting up there in age but still works just fine, you might be able to get more time out of it before a replacement is needed. Before you decide to replace your a/c or hold onto it for a few more years, consider it’s age and determine how many more good years it might have left.

Has your a/c needed a lot of repair work?

Looking back at your air conditioner’s history will give you a better picture of it’s future. Does it seem like your a/c has needed to under-go repair work year after year? Has it had a lot of unforeseen problems that have popped up? If your a/c unit has had a difficult life, it’s not likely to suddenly get easier as time goes on. The amount of repair work done on an air conditioning unit will help you to get a glimpse into it’s future and see what the road ahead might look like. If that road looks like it’s full of repairs, expenses, and an a/c that keeps breaking down, an air conditioning replacement might be the way to go.

How is your a/c currently working?

Take an inventory of your air conditioning unit’s status. Here are some ways to recognize if your air conditioner is working properly.

  • The temperature in your home remains at the optimum temperature without a lot of fluctuation.
  • The rooms throughout your home are being evenly cooled.
  • Your unit isn’t making loud or strange sounds when it turns on.
  • Your energy bills are consistent and not showing elevated energy use caused from the cooling system.

shutterstock_172941578

Life moves quickly and without you even noticing, your air conditioner could be struggling. It’s important to take some time and do some research to find out if your a/c is working just as well as it always has, or if there are some problems that need to be addressed. If you find that your air conditioner is not in top-notch condition, have an HVAC professional come and do an inspection of your unit. They will be able to tell you if there are simple repairs that can be made to fix the problem, or if there are bigger problems to start thinking about.

How energy efficient is your air conditioning system?

As a homeowner, you likely hear about “energy efficiency” all of the time. There are many ways to improve the energy efficiency in your home, and your HVAC system is a big item on that list! Approximately 50% of a homes energy bill is attributed to it’s heating and cooling costs. If the system in your home is becoming even slightly less efficient you are sure to see this reflected in your monthly energy bill. Older units are less energy efficient that newer models. This means less repairs, lower energy bills, and a longer a/c lifespan. So while investing in a new unit might seem expensive, it will ultimately save you money in the long run.

Has your air conditioning unit been well cared for?

It might seem silly to think of having to pamper your a/c unit and give it special treatment, but if you have, your unit is likely to last much longer with fewer problems than an air conditioning unit that has been neglected. If you have had annual air conditioning tune-ups, replaced the filters frequently, kept your unit clean and well protected from the elements outside, you are likely to get many more years out of your unit than if you haven’t looked at it since it was installed. Compare it to your vehicle, what would happen if you went years without taking your car in for a tune-up or an oil change. Would you expect it to last very long? Probably not. Same goes for your air conditioning unit. Giving it a little extra TLC increases it’s life-span and improves its quality.

iStock_000016316087Small

Replacing your Air Conditioning Unit

If you have come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace your air conditioning unit, don’t be bummed about it… it’s exciting. Replacing your older air conditioning unit with a newer model will make your home more energy efficient saving you money each month on your cooling and heating bills. It will also be much easier to cool your home without the headaches of frequent repairs. If you are ready to get started looking into your a/c replacement, we are happy to help! Give us a call at King Heating & Cooling anytime at (708) 687-6898.