Learn About Energy Ratings

Learn About Energy Ratings

HVAC unit efficiency is measured through a series of rating systems. In each of these systems, a higher number indicates better efficiency and more energy-cost savings. The Luxaire® 98% AFUE modulating gas furnace, for instance, will use about $69 worth of gas while providing the same amount of heat that a 70% AFUE-rated furnace would while using $100. 

AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a measure of a furnace's heating efficiency. Higher AFUE percentages mean the product has higher efficiency when using fuel.

HSPF, or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, measures a heat pump's heating efficiency. A higher HSPF rating indicates higher efficiency.

SEER, or the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, measures an air conditioner's cooling efficiency. A higher rating means higher efficiency.

In each case, the higher the rating, the more efficient an HVAC unit is and the more you can expect to save on annual energy usage. Your Luxaire® dealer can help you determine what equipment, and what efficiency rating, is best for your home and location.

Ratings That Can Save You Money

The average U.S. home spends at least $2,200 a year on utility expenses, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn how a new home comfort system can help you save money.

The Benefits of ENERGY STAR®

Created by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the ENERGY STAR® label indicates products with at least 15% to 25% energy savings compared to standard products. 

Unlike the ratings discussed above, ENERGY STAR® isn't a rating system, but it does help quickly identify more efficient HVAC products.

Finding an ENERGY-STAR® label on an HVAC product – like you'd find on almost half of all Luxaire® air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces – means you'll save on the everyday expense of staying comfortable in your home.

Find the Perfect Fit

To achieve the highest levels of efficiency, it's important to find the right system for your specific home. Many homes experience higher energy expenses because the installed HVAC system is too big or too small. 

A HVAC system that is too big results in uneven temperatures and poor humidity control. A system that is too small will wear more quickly and require additional maintenance. 

The best way to get the perfect fit for your home is by getting help from your Luxaire® dealer. They will be able to determine the best-size system for your specific home and individual comfort needs.

Increase Energy Savings With Add-Ons

Smart and communicating thermostats, as well as some indoor air quality (IAQ) products, can increase your system's efficiency even more. Smart and communicating thermostats help by monitoring your system and making slight adjustments for more even temperature regulation. IAQ products can increase energy savings by making the air in your home feel more comfortable overall, reducing the number of times thermostat adjustments are necessary. 

In both cases, the benefit comes from perceived comfort: the more comfortable you feel, the less likely you are to adjust your system and spend more on energy costs. 

Learn more about efficiency ratings and how Luxaire® products can help with annual energy costs by contacting your Luxaire® dealer today.
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