Everyone worries about operation cost. The efficiency of the system is the second most important item here. The fuel you use makes more impact on operation cost.
If you were able to go to the corner store to buy your heat in a box to take home like milk for the kids, how much would you pay for a 100,000 BTUH box? The greatest factor would be the fuel used to make the heat they put in that box.
With well over 75 years combined experience helping people with their home, office and industrial heating, ventilating and air conditioning needs, we would be happy to help you as well. To contact one of us use the phone numbers in the side bar. Or send us and email if your prefer. Use the appropriate button at the side.
There are basically four fuels available to us here in Yakima.
1) Oil, 2) L.P. Gas, 3) Natural Gas and 4) Electricity.
Natural gas has a limited delivery area. Most county areas have no access to this. Every one seems to have electricity, but the transformer and the power line to your home may be too small to handle adding an air conditioner, heat pump or electric furnace.
Some times it seems just replacing one item in the system, say the air conditioner out side, and keeping the rest of the old system is the least expensive. However many times this causes other problems. We never get the rated efficiencies of the equipment with miss matches. The miss match may cause shorter life span of the new component or the rest of the system. The overall performance and operation cost of the system could be vastly improved warranting a system upgrade rather than just one item.
2010 was the year all new refrigerant systems (heat pumps and air conditioners) have to use non-ozone-depleting refrigerants. The price of refrigerant #22 is going to get very expensive. Consider the product you are buying closely. Carrier has had a complete line of products meeting this need for several years, well ahead of the rest of the industry. We highly recommend getting equipment that uses Puron™ refrigerant. It meets the code issue today, and will protect your price point tomorrow.
Upgrading you system may have an unconsidered cost into the thousands of dollars. Your existing service panel, the power line to the home and the transformer feeding your house electric power may not be adequate for addition of new loads created by adding an air conditioner, heat pump or new furnace. Over loading these can cause power to be lost to your home by burning up a transformer. To avoid emergency service to restore power to your home and the possible damage it could cause to your property call PP&L before you make the changes. (PP&L 888-221-7070) They will verify if the power to your home is adequate. Have your electrical contractor examine your home wiring to be sure it will safely run the new equipment.
Code and license requirements are constantly being changed. Be positive that both the work you are having done and more importantly the people doing the work are complying with these. Have them prove they have a business license, a city license, a L&I license and have taken permits out with the city or county and L&I. The fines and damage cause by non-compliance are not worth the very few dollars saved by not taking out the permits and getting licensed contractors.
While the price for fuels is constantly changing, the relative numbers remain the same.
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Yakima, WA 98902
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