High Efficiency Air Conditioning - Return On Investment (ROI)

Your air conditioner is broken and can’t be fixed.  Money’s tight and your air conditioning company is trying to convince you to consider purchasing a high efficiency system that is well beyond your budget.  Can you afford it?  Is it worth it?  This article will show you how to evaluate the purchase of a high efficiency system as an investment rather than another household expense.


First, consider that a basic system is a required expense.  You have to have air conditioning so the purchase of a minimally efficient (13 SEER) system is a given.  Most people will consider the rating of the manufacturer, the expected life of the new system, and the reputation of the dealer in addition to the purchase price to make an informed decision.

The dealer has offered options to upgrade the base system to a high efficiency system (16-20 SEER) that may include two-stage or variable speed air conditioners and heating units.  These systems can add from $1,500 to $8,000 to the cost of a basic system.  These upgrades reduce energy bills and increase comfort.  How do you evaluate an additional expense in terms of return on your investment?

Consider the following.  Your present system is most probably 10 SEER meaning that a new system at 13 SEER will reduce the cost of air conditioning by 30%.  Since air conditioning represents 60-65% of your electricity bill, you overall bill should be reduced by 18-20% (30% X 60% = 18%).  This savings is a given and does not apply to the savings of upgrading the base system.

Your true investment is the additional cost to upgrade to a high efficiency system and the return on this investment is the savings above and beyond the cost savings associated with the move to a 13 SEER system.

Example:  ROI of upgrading a 5 ton Trane 13 SEER, vertical, electric, single stage cooling and heating system to a Trane Tru-Comfort 20 SEER, variable speed cooling and heating system.


Additional Upgrade Cost          $6,100
Annual Utility Cost Of Existing System  2,880
Annual Utility Savings Of 13 SEER Base     864
Additional Savings Of 20 SEER Upgrade     576
Total Upgrade Savings Over 18 Year Lifespan    10,368
Less Initial Investment                   (6,100)
Return on Investment                    4,268
Annual Return                       237
Annual % Of Return                         4%

In this example the Return On Investment exceeds the rate of most savings accounts and money market funds.

It is also wise to consider that most high efficiency systems will significantly reduce humidity in the home making it more comfortable and reducing potential allergens such as mold.  This is a hidden benefit that can potentially reduce household and medical expenses.  A high efficiency system will also add to the appraised value of your home.


If you have questions or would like Surgi’s help in computing your return, feel free to contact us at surgis@hotmail.com or call 504-469-4232.

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Trane Introduces TruComfort™ - The State Of The Art Home Comfort System

Trane XV20i
Trane has just released a new product to key dealers -- the XV20 condenser.  Combined with their existing variable speed XV80 furnace or TAM8 air handler, this condenser provides a new level of efficiency and comfort.  


It's Like Having 700 Air Conditioners

Unlike the current high efficiency condensers in the market that offer two levels or stages of cooling, the XV20 uses inverter technology to produce cooling output in 700 steps from 30% capacity to 100%.  As a result, a home equipped with a 5 ton system can call for cooling from 1½ tons to 5 tons depending on the exact cooling requirements at the time.  This design greatly improves efficiency by reducing the amount of electricity used at lower speeds and increases dehumidification with longer run times.


Surgi's is pleased to be one of an elite group of dealers to offer the XV20i at this time.  Need a new system?  Surgi's can help.  Need a healthier, more comfortable life?  We can change the way you feel about your home. 

Call 469-4232 for a free estimate today!

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Trane 20 Seer Consumer Warning

Trane's new TruComfort™ variable speed air conditioning system is now available from select Trane dealers in the New Orleans Area.  Trane's older XL20i products are still being marketed but these products do not contain TruComfort™ technology.

If you intend to get estimates for the TruComfort™ system please carefully quiz your dealer to insure that the product model is TTV or TWV and not TTX or you may be purchasing older technology.  

Don't be confused into purchasing other equipment when you want state of the art comfort.  Call Surgi’s if you have any questions at 469-4232.

New Orleans Whole House Ozone Treatment


Ever notice how used cars at a dealership always have that "new car smell"? Auto dealers know that cars absorb smells and smells can affect a sale.  The same is true for homes.

There is a time in the life of every home when lingering odors of the past or a mold problem cause the home to have a musty smell.  You may not notice it but visitors will.  If you are trying to sell your home or are a real estate agent, you might consider a whole house ozone treatment after the home is thoroughly cleaned.  Likewise, a landlord may wish to treat odors after a tenant leaves.

Figure that most homes over 20 years old have had a cigarette smoker in the house.  The nicotine from these cigarettes over the years coated walls and ceilings which can be repainted but it also coated the inside of the duct system and is most likely still there.  Ozone in significant concentrations changes the chemical composition of odors neutralizing them.

Pets?  Even after floors and carpets have been cleaned there are residual odors.  A whole house ozone treatment can neutralize these odors over a weekend.

Commercial ozone treatments are not recommended for occupied residences since ozone is a lung irritant and an allergen in some cases.  However, if you can arrange to be away from the home for 48 hours, you can have an odor free home when you return.

Realtors and landlords, consider recommending a treatment for all of your unoccupied listings or apartments for rent.  Just like proper lighting improves the chance of a sale, the lack of smells and odors will give you another advantage in the sales process.

Surgi's now offers ozone treatments and will arrange to treat your property at your convenience.  Call 469-4232 for more information.

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Surgi's Installs Whole House Dehumidifier for "Ask This Old House"

Surgi's appearance on "Ask This Old House" airs Sunday, February 9 at 9:00 am on WYES TV.
Romalis Brown and Richard Trethewey Install The Ultra-Aire XT155 Whole House Dehumidifier

Surgi's was pleased to be invited to assist Richard Trethewey of This Old House fame in the installation of an Ultra-Aire whole house dehumidifier for a family in Mid-City.  The installation, part of the "Ask This Old House" series, is scheduled to air in February on PBS.


Walter Daughtery, Richard Trethewey, Craig Johnson,
 Dale Neumire and Romalis Brown (not pictured)
Surgi's has worked with Ultra-Aire in the testing and installation of new and existing products for many years.  Two years ago, the company installed an Ultra-Aire XT150 in the LaHouse, an energy efficiency showcase house on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.



If you have humidity or mold problems in your home Surgi's can help.  Call us for dehumidifiers, electronic air cleaners, two-stage air conditioning, mold remediation and duct cleaning services.

Need a new system?  Surgi's can help.  Need a healthier, more comfortable life?  We can change the way you feel about your home. 

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