Things to Know About Heating and Cooling
When you are looking for the ideal heating or cooling system, you will come across many important industry-standard efficiency ratings. The higher the efficiency of your product, the lower your long-term energy costs will be. At Air Refrigeration Heating & Cooling, we can help you choose the perfect heating and cooling products for you.
Terms to Know
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
The seasonal energy efficiency ratio is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps is rated. The higher the SEER number of the unit, the greater its effectiveness. This factor results in more significant energy savings. Today, U.S. regulatory agencies require all new products to have a 14.0 SEER rating or better.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
The annual fuel utilization efficiency is the standard measurement of efficiency for gas-fired furnaces and boilers. Given in percentages, AFUE tells you how much of your fuel is used to heat your home and how much of it is wasted.
The higher the AFUE rating of a product is, the greater its efficiency. At Air Refrigeration Heating & Cooling, we offer a full line of furnaces and boilers with AFUE ratings ranging from the minimum industry requirement of 78% to more than 96%.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)
The heating seasonal performance factor is the efficiency measurement used to gauge the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps. The higher the HSPF number of the equipment is, the greater the efficiency and cost-savings.
Today’s models are required to have a 6.8 HSPF. We offer heat pumps with HSPF ratings ranging from 6.8 to 9.5.
If you have an older furnace with an AFUE of approximately 60%, you could save up to 40% on your heating bills by replacing it with a new high-efficiency furnace. The cost to replace your old, inefficient furnace is paid back through lower utility bills.
Higher efficiency in heat pumps and air conditioners usually means higher equipment costs but lower utility bills. If you live in a warm or humid climate, you will probably see the higher cost of an effective air conditioner or heat pump paid back through lower utility bills in a few short years.
Ask your sales consultant to help you determine how long it would take you to recover the additional cost in energy savings. Of course, after the payback, you continue to conserve on your energy bills.
We are here to help you save money and get the best products for your home. For questions and additional information, contact us today.