The harsh winters in Quincy, IL require your furnace or heat pump to work harder than usual to keep your home comfortable. As a result, it’s hard for older systems to keep up. If your system is 10 years or older, breaks down often, or causes your energy bills to increase more than normal, it might be time to consider investing in a new system that will work efficiently and help you save money in the long run. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind when buying a new system.
Technology advancements are constantly changing the way we make decisions and that’s not any different for home heating and cooling needs. When investing in a new furnace or heat pump, it is important to consider the different types of systems in the market and evaluate which one is right for you.
For example, two-stage and multi-stage systems are always going to be more energy-efficient than traditional single-stage systems. That’s because a two-stage system can run at lower speeds to keep the temperature steady, which will keep you more comfortable while saving money. Single-stage systems either run at 100% or they are off.
Energy Rating System
All models have different rating systems that measure energy consumption. Heat pumps have two ratings, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The higher these ratings are on your model, the lower its energy consumption will be. You should always look for a SEER rating above 15 and an HSPF rating above 8.5 to keep your home energy-efficient.
Furnaces have one rating system, the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) which measures the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. As a result, the higher your AFUE rating is, the lower your fuel costs will be. Consider investing in a system with AFUE of 90 or higher for high-efficiency.
A new heating system that meets these standards can help you save money by avoiding costly repairs and working efficiently even through the coldest of winters. The experts at Air Specialists Heating & Air can help. Call us for more information on our heating installation solutions.