Residential Heating & Cooling Services In Ogden, Layton, Clearfield, UT, and Surrounding Areas
Turn to E.R.S. Heating & Cooling for Top-Notch Residential HVAC Service
Many of our customers don’t want to know how heating and cooling their home works; they just want their system to work. Then we have the customers who want to know everything about their residential HVAC system – and we happily educate them. Either way, our technicians will ensure you are cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Whether you need repair, maintenance, or a whole new system, E.R.S. Heating & Cooling will take excellent care of you.
You may find yourself needing a new furnace. There is no need for panic; call E.R.S. Heating & Cooling and one of our experts will help you choose a great new unit. We have furnaces that cost $1,400 to more than $4,000. You do not want a furnace that is too large. An oversized furnace will cycle up to three times per hour and only heat the air in the home. A properly sized furnace will run for about 30 minutes to an hour and heat everything in your home—not just the air. Cycling is less efficient, as each time the furnace starts, it takes extra electricity and natural gas to get going.
A low-cost furnace does have a lower upfront cost, but that is offset with a higher monthly cost. These are approximately 55% to 72% efficient. A more expensive furnace is the opposite: you pay more upfront but will pay less per month to operate it. These are generally about 95-98% efficient.
There are also single-stage, two-stage and modulating furnaces. This refers to the valves that put gas into the furnace. A single-stage furnace has one valve and it always operates at 100%. A two-stage furnace has a valve that operates at 70% or 100%, while a modulating furnace has a valve that runs from 40% to 100% in .5% increments. The most efficient is the modulating valve.
Most furnaces come with a 10-year warranty and will generally last at least 15 years. The most important cost is not the initial cost but the overall cost of ownership over those 15 years. A more efficient furnace will save you 15-20% per month in natural gas and electricity use over a less-efficient furnace. Over the course of 15 years, you will save approximately $200 per year, or about $3,000 total.
Just like residential heating, residential air conditioning comes with its own set of terms. The size of your air conditioning unit also matters. If it is too small, it will not cool your home properly. If it is too large, it can freeze up because the ducting and airflow are insufficient. Either can lead to hot conditions and unhappy people!
Air conditioners are measured in tons of cooling (one ton of cooling is 12K BTUs) and inefficiency ratings notated by a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number from 13 to more than 30. A higher SEER number means the air conditioner requires less energy to run:
- A lower-efficiency unit costs less upfront but has a higher monthly cost.
- A high-efficiency unit costs more upfront and then has a lower monthly cost.
- A 24 SEER unit is about 2.5x the cost of a 13 SEER unit.
When looking at a total cost of ownership, the break-even point for northern Utah is about 16-18 SEER. An air conditioner runs less here than a furnace, so the return on investment of a more expensive unit takes longer to realize.
One amazing and often-overlooked component to cooling is a whole-house fan. These are used whenever the outside air temperature is less that the inside temperature, usually in the evening and nighttime. Whole-house fans move inside air out through the attic. This cools the attic at night, and a cooler attic means a cooler home.
One example is a home in Kaysville. They cool their entire home (and attic) to the outside temperature each night, frequently down to 65 degrees in the summertime. Their whole-house fan costs 7 cents per hour to operate, and they saved $120 just in August. A whole-house fan pays for itself in about two years. E.R.S. Heating & Cooling does not install these, but we will refer you to some trusted installers.
Note: Attic insulation is another major factor and it prevents the heat in the attic from transferring into your living space.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air pollution can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms and cause other health issues, but there are ways to remedy poor air quality. E.R.S. Heating & Cooling can evaluate your indoor air and work together to help you find solutions to improve indoor air quality such as improved ventilation, humidifiers or dehumidifiers, air purifiers, or a whole-house air filtration system.