Southwest Electric offers Comfort Advantage, a guide to energy efficiency investments in your home. You can enjoy home comfort and save dollars, too. Comfort Advantage homes include energy-efficient features that work together as a system to ensure quality living. For more information, see our brochure.
The Comfort Advantage program is designed for new home construction and retrofitting an existing HVAC system. Certain incentives are available for qualifying Members. Incentives up to $500 are available on new home construction. To qualify, call prior to construction to evaluate your house plan, review program requirements and schedule on-site inspections.
Incentives are also available for existing homes if you are considering upgrading your HVAC system from an all-electric or gas unit to an energy-efficient heat pump, Members will qualify for a $400 incentive with $150 for each additional heat pump installed.
If you are interested in the Comfort Advantage program, contact our Member Services Department.
Heating and Cooling:
Windows and Doors:
Higher efficiency ratings for air-to-air heat pumps indicate lower cost of operation. Approximate ranges are: SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (cooling efficiency) from 11 to 17; HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (heating efficiency) from 6.8 to 9.1.
Higher efficiency ratings for ground source heat pumps indicate lower cost of operation. Approximate ranges are: EER – Energy Efficiency Ratio (cooling efficiency) from 11 to 17; COP – Coefficient of Performance (heating efficiency) from 2.9 to 4.9. EER and SEER are not comparable.
Heat gain/loss calculation should be performed by the dealer according to Manual J standards.
The chart on each bag will indicate the number of bags for the square footage of your attic floor according to R value. See manufacturer’s specification sheet and compare to bag chart during installation.
An energy factor of .90 or higher is recommended on a standard storage water heater. Heat pump water heaters are more efficient, and geothermal water heaters are most efficient.