Heating & AC Energy Efficiency Terms
Air Conditioning in Katy, TX
Energy Efficiency Terms Explained
When it is time for a new HVAC system you will encounter industry-standard efficiency ratings. The higher efficiency of a product, the lower the long-term energy costs will be. Energy efficiency is an important factor to consider in terms of saving money and reducing your homes impact upon the environment.
Another important factor is choosing the correct heating and cooling system that is right for you and your home. You can count on our experts to assist you in selecting the product that is right for you. Understanding the following terminology will assist you in making an informed decision regarding energy efficiency.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)
SEER is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling of air conditioners and heat pumps is rated. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency and the energy savings of the product. In the U. S. today all new products are required to have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. Carrier air conditioners provide SEER ratings of 13.0 to 21.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)
AFUE is the standard measurement of annual, average efficiency for gas and oil-fired furnaces. This number tells you what percentage of your fuel is used to heat your home and what percentage of fuel is wasted. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency of a product. Carrier furnaces have AFUE ratings ranging from the minimum industry requirement of 78% to more than 96%.If your furnace is an older one, you could save up to 40% on your heating bills by replacing it with a new high efficiency furnace. The lower utility bills can pay for the new furnace over time
HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)
HSPF is the efficiency measurement used to gauge the efficiency of heat pumps in the heating mode. The higher the number, the greater the efficiency and money saved on energy costs. New models are required to have a 6.8 HSPF. Carrier heat pumps offer HSPF ratings ranging from 6.8 to 9.5.
The cost of the higher efficiency in heat pumps and air conditioners usually means higher initial equipment cost but results in lower utility bills. Depending upon the region in which you live, the energy saved typically result in the return of your initial cost for a new HVAC system within just a few years. Your HVAC expert can help you determine about how long it would take you to recover the extra cost of a more energy efficient system.
Matching the System for Peak Performance
The indoor coil affects the efficiency of the system. If the condensing unit is not matched with the correct indoor coil, you may not receive the benefit of the SEER and/or HSPF ratings. Even worse, using the wrong coil may cause performance problems. When you replace an existing system, it is best to replace both units so your new condensing unit will give you optimal performance, efficiency and comfort.
Through proper installation by a certified technician, and the provision of routine maintenance your heating and air conditioning system will continue to run efficiently for many years to come keeping your home comfortable and energy bills down.
Tips to Keep Energy Efficient Performance Up
- Clean air filters monthly to reduce unnecessary wear on the system. Clean filters will also provide a cleaner indoor air quality and keep the savings up on your energy bill.
- Choose air conditioners and furnaces with the ENERGY STAR® logo. When correctly sized and properly installed Energy Star® air conditioners will save up to 20 percent less electricity than older air conditioners.
- Provide pre-season service by a certified technician. Having your air conditioner tuned up will ensure the best operation and peak efficiency when the sweltering hot days of summer arrive.
Give the experts of Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning a call for HVAC repair, heating or air conditioning service or installation of a new high efficiency system. Your comfort is our priority and we provide 24 hour emergency services to ensure we are always available when you need us most. If you are in need of a new system we offer a variety of flexible financing options through Wells Fargo Financial National Bank.
Our certified HVAC technicians provide reliable and expert service for heating and air conditioning in Katy, TX and the surrounding regions. Call the dedicated technicians who care for your comfort at Cypress Heating and Air Conditioning.