Energy Star Appliances Offer Year-Round Savings
Need to purchase a new HVAC system for your home? Look for the Energy Star label on heating and cooling systems and you’ll save energy, which is good for both the world and your wallet.
Before you begin your search for an Energy Star appliance, here are some terms that you should become familiar with.
- AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This rating measures heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE rating percentage is, the more efficient a system is.
- SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER ratings measure the efficiency of a cooling system over the course of a season. Again, the higher, the better.
- HSPF: Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor. HSFP ratings are used to measure the efficiency of heat pumps.
Furnaces can run on gas, oil, propane, or electricity and require a duct system in your home. Efficient furnaces have a high AFUE rating and they are condensing, which means that heat is transferred through condensation.
Boilers run on gas, propane, or oil to heat your home and don’t require a duct system. Look for one with a high AFUE rating and electronic ignition, which enables the system to turn off the pilot light.
Most central air conditioners are split systems, with an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. If you need to replace your cooling system, make sure to replace both units at the same time. Choose a cooling system with a high SEER rating and the Energy Star label.
If you need both a new heating system and a cooling system, consider installing a heat pump with the Energy Star label and a high HSPF rating. Electric air-source heat pumps move heat from the outdoors in or from the indoors out to keep your home comfortable, depending on the season. Geothermal heat pumps work in a similar way, but they use the ground instead of the outdoor air to heat and cool your home.
For more information on Energy Star appliances, contact the experts at Balance Point Heating and Cooling. We proudly serve the area of Fort Collins.