Spend $1,145 now and SAVE $180 each year... ROI = 15.7%
Heating and Cooling accounts for about 40% of an office's energy cost. The US average ten person office generates $278 of cost per employee for a total annual Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) cost of $2,785. Older HVAC equipment is usually not as efficient as newer products and inexpensive HVAC equipment costs more to operate than the premium HVAC technologies.
When replacing heating and cooling equipment, specify the most efficient models. Some HVAC products, such as smaller air conditioners, are rated by ENERGY STAR®. Remember that bigger is not always better—oversized HVAC equipment does not run as well as correctly sized equipment. Look into heat pumps, because the latest technology is very efficient and utility companies often offer cost per Kilowatt reductions for switching from oil or natural gas to electricity. Also consider commercial/industrial grade dehumidifiers in appropriate utility or storage areas or a new heat pump if you also need to replace your Air Conditioning unit.
For an office of ten that needs four months of heating, the average monthly cost is $312. A new high efficiency furnace for a 2,500 sq. ft. office may cost on average $1,145 more than lower efficiency equivalents, but you can save over 15%. The savings average about $50 a month over 4 months of the winter.
The ROI Calculation is based on saving $45 a month over 4 months of the heating season. To get a Tax Credit, choose an even more efficient gas, oil, propane furnace or hot water boiler with a minimum of 95 AFUE.