Frequently Asked Questions
Will a new furnace or air conditioner help lower my utility bills?
The answer is usually yes, depending on the age and efficiency level of your current unit. Please discuss this with us, we will be able to estimate the efficiency level of your current unit, and explain the advantages of a new unit.
How do I know what size air conditioner or furnace I need?
Berks Energy will do a load calculation on your home to determine the proper equipment size. Today’s units are often significantly more efficient than older models and don’t need to be as large to deliver the same or better amount of comfort. The load calculation is an important and potentially money-saving step to take, rather than just replacing your current unit with one of the same size.
What’s the difference between a heat pump and an air conditioner? Which is better?
A heat pump is really two units in one – an air conditioner, and in the cooler months, a heater. If electrical costs in your area are lower than other fossil fuels, you may want to explore installing a heat pump in your home. When the heat pump is in the heating mode, it pulls heat out of the outdoor air and uses that to heat your home. If the outdoor air is too cold (around 32 F), then it uses electrical strip heaters to heat the air.
Do you give free estimates?
Yes. We can visit your home, do a complete heat gain/heat loss load
calculation, and provide you with a written quote with options and
Not sure about my system – can you do a free evaluation?
Yes. We can visit your home, take a look at your system and give
you an opinion about its condition. Maybe it needs to be cleaned
or serviced or replaced with energy saving equipment.
I would like a system that will lower my gas/oil bill – how much
can I save on Energy?
Most new furnaces and AC systems will save up to 60% of what your
spending now. If you system is very old, savings could be more! Call
for a free evaluation.
Do you have a payment plan?
Yes. We work with the PA Keystone help program to offer low interest rates/and longer terms to make any equipment upgrade very affordable.
Most gas and oil furnaces can be installed for less than $50.00/month.
Heat pumps and air conditioning systems less than $60.00/month! Call
today for exact quotation and payments.
Why should I replace my old furnace or A/C system if it still works?
How long does an installation take?
- You will save up to 60% of what your spending on oil, gas or
electric with high efficiency equipment.
- A new system will give you peace of mind – you will not have
to worry when the temp goes down to 10 or up to 100!
- New equipment is safer. Older systems can leak and cause soot
to migrate through you home. They can also give off poisonous
The average equipment installation takes 1 or 2 days. Usually the heat is on the first day.
Should I have my ducts cleaned?
Some home will need the duct system cleaned, others will not. It depends if a filter was always used properly and how mu ch dust and other debris was in the home circulating. Give us a call for free evaluation.