Heating & Cooling 101

units_rightThe heating and cooling system plays a central role in the comfort of your space, controlling not only the temperature, but also the humidity level, and fresh air intake. The heating and cooling industry, often referred to as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), is very broad in scope, with various intricate aspects. Understanding this technical field requires a basic understanding of the technical terminology which will play a vital role in helping you choose the appropriate system for your home or business. Listed below are the various efficiency ratings that are important for your consideration when choosing a system. Keep in mind that the higher the efficiency rating, the lower your energy costs will be in the long-run.

SEER
This measure rates the efficiency of the cooling process as produced by air conditioners and heat pumps. Learn more about this rating to determine what the optimal ratio is for this measure.

AFUE
This rating, expressed as a percentage, helps to determine the efficiency of gas fired furnaces and boilers. Take the time to learn more about AFUE to learn how it could affect your energy costs.

HSPF
Measuring the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps, this rating is expressed at an easy to understand ratio. Find out what rating you can expect from Carrier equipment.

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