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“Jay Mechanical did an exceptional job with a high degree of professionalism. I highly recommend them for installation of ductless air conditioning”.
-Happy customers living in Williston, VT
In your quest to find the ideal system, you will encounter several important industry-standard efficiency ratings. Generally speaking, the higher efficiency your product is, the lower your long-term energy costs will be. And as always, we are happy to help you choose the heating and cooling products that are right for you.
- SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
This is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps is rated. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency–and therefore greater energy savings. Today, US regulatory agencies require all new products to have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. Carrier offers a full line of central air systems 13 to 21 SEER and duct-free systems from 13 to 23 SEER as well as heat pumps from 13 to 19 SEER.
Cost Savings: If you currently have an 8 SEER air conditioner and you upgrade to a 13 SEER you could save 38% on your energy costs. And if you go to 16 SEER you can cut your energy bills almost in half!
- AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
This is the standard measurement of efficiency for gas and oil-fired furnaces, boilers, and hot water heaters. Given percentages, this number tells you how much of your fuel is used to heat your home or domestic hot water and how much fuel is wasted. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency. The minimum industry requirement is 78% but they are made as high as 96.6% for furnaces (like the Carrier Infinity 96), 96% condensing boilers (like Buderus Logamax Plus GB142), and 96% for condensing tankless water heaters (like Rinnai RC80HPi). Read more about AFUE limitations.
Cost Savings: 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.
- HSPF = Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
This is the efficiency measurement used to gauge the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps. The higher the number, the greater the efficiency and cost savings. Today’s models are required to have a 6.8 HSPF or higher. Most new units have ratings between 7.7 and 9.0 HSPF. Carrier offers a full line of heat pumps from 7.7 to 9.5 HSPF.
Cost Savings: Higher efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners usually means higher equipment cost but lower utility bills. If you live in a warm and/or humid climate, you will probably see the higher cost of a high efficiency air conditioner or heat pump paid back (through lower utility bills) in a few short years. Of course, after the payback, you continue to save on your energy bills.
- Matching Your System for Optimum Efficiency
One additional factor that affects the efficiency of your air conditioning or heat pump system is your indoor coil. If your condensing unit is not matched with the proper indoor coil, it may not give you the stated SEER and/or HSPF ratings and could even develop performance problems. When you replace an existing system, make sure you replace both units so your new condensing unit will give you optimal performance, efficiency, and comfort.
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Ask yourself . . .
- Does your home get unbearably hot in the summer?
- Can you relax in your favorite room?
- Are you frustrated with the look of your window air conditioner?
- Does your air conditioner use the only window in the room…leaving you with less light, no operable window on mild days, and no view?
- Do you nearly break your back every year installing it?
- Does it rattle so loud you can’t hear your favorite show, or even sleep?
- Do you experience energy bills that make you question even turning it on?
- You take pride in your home, isn’t it time to pay yourself back with a system that will provide you with the comfort you deserve?
Your home is your refuge. It’s the one place you are in total control of your comfort. However, not all living spaces are a compatible fit with traditional heating and cooling systems. That’s why Carrier®, the world’s largest HVAC innovator, offers a comprehensive family of heat pumps and duct-free systems in addition to it’s central air systems. All three solutions are designed to be a more elegant and hassle-free than a window unit—say good-bye to a back-breaking annual ritual—we have the perfect solution for outstanding comfort, even better economy, and a gentle caring for the environment. Plus, experience peace of mind with the full backing of our company, part of Carrier’s nationwide network of expert dealers.
If you live in a home with no central air conditioning (ducts) or undersided ducts, then duct-free splits (also known as mini-splits) may be what you’ve been looking for.
Carrier’s highwall systems and multi-split systems (up to four rooms) offer quieter, safer, and generally more efficient cooling than window air conditioners. The Toshiba-Carrier RAS Series Duct-Free High Wall Heat Pump System with Inverter Technology is Carrier’s answer to a ultra-high efficiency (23 SEER) duct-free system and qualifies for a 2011 Federal Tax Credit of $300. Duct-free split system heat pumps also offer efficient heating during moderate outdoor weather.
Central Air (a-coil) Systems:
A central air system by Carrier will efficiently keep your entire home cool. Carrier, the industry leader, has been perfecting central air sytems for over a hundred years. Their advanced Infinity® Series offers the highest efficiency, while the Performance™ Series and Comfort™ Series products provide economical efficiency and complete comfort. A Consumer Digest Best Buy, many of these systems qualify for a 2011 Federal Tax Credit of $300, contact us for details.
Heat Pump (dual-fuel heating plus cooling) System:
Carrier heat pumps are air conditioners that also heat your home! The Advanced Carrier Infinity® Series heat pump offers the highest efficiency, and the Performance™ Series and Comfort™ Series heat pumps provide economical comfort—the higher the SEER and HSPF ratings, the more efficient. Add this to a furnces or add a Carrier gas furnace and enjoy additional heating in what is called “HYBRID HEAT® dual fuel system.” A Consumer Digest Best Buy, this is the most cost-savings system you can buy and qualifies for a 2011 Federal Tax Credit of $300.
Visit “Heating and Cooling Efficiency Ratings Explained” on our blog for information about energy rating mentioned above.