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With Utility Rates on the Rise in Amarillo, Now May Be the Time for an HVAC System UpgradeJust recently, local energy provider Xcel Energy announced a 6.3-percent rate increase for residential customers. For the averageTexas homeowner who uses an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy, that could add up to an additional $6.58 per month.

That $6.58 doesn’t seem like a lot, but it can quickly add up over the course of a year. Which is why right now might be the best time for an HVAC system upgrade.

Before Committing to an Upgrade

Before choosing your home’s next HVAC system, you’ll want to have a heating and cooling professional perform a thorough energy assessment that takes a close look at every aspect of your home’s HVAC system — from insulation to ventilation.

Not only can an energy assessment tell you whether your home will benefit from a HVAC system upgrade, but you’ll also discover the best new system for your home’s heating and cooling needs. Even if you choose not to upgrade, having an energy audit performed can save you money in of itself.

Don’t forget to have the technician perform a load calculation on your home, as this helps determine the ideal size for your new system.

Professional Installation Is the Key

Even the newest HVAC system can become the most inefficient if it’s improperly installed. For this reason alone, it’s important to have the new system installed by a professional who understands the importance of getting the job done right the first time.

This is where an NATE certified technician comes in. Tested and certified by the North American Technician Excellence, NATE certified technicians put their finely-honed skills and expertise installing and servicing new HVAC systems. Before you commit to an upgrade, make sure the one doing the upgrading is wearing the signature NATE patch.

If you think your home’s ready for an HVAC system upgrade, contact Winkelman Heating and Air.

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