New energy efficiency standards for furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps and other HVAC appliances will soon come into force. Some of the jargon used to discuss the new standards can be confusing. Here are some useful energy-efficiency terms to know when trying to interpret information on the upcoming changes. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) How efficiently air conditioners and heat …
Buying an Air Conditioner? In Addition to a High SEER Rating, Look for These 6 Key Features
What do you look for when buying an air conditioner? If you’re like most people, a good SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) tops the list. A high SEER rating means lower energy bills while maintaining peak home comfort. For the very best value, look for a 16 SEER or higher, Energy Star-qualified air conditioner for peak energy efficiency while cooling your Greater Kansas City …
Why Put off an Air Conditioner Replacement When There’s So Much to Gain Right Now?
Have you been putting off that air conditioner replacement? With so many benefits to offer, the time to upgrade to new cooling equipment has never been better than now. Here are seven compelling reasons to install a new air conditioner before the summer temperatures start to soar.
SEER — What Is It And What Does It Mean To A/C Selection?
2011 was one of the hottest summers on record for the U.S. The Kansas City area was no exception, as our people, produce, and plants suffered through the heat. As a result, summer energy bills also skyrocketed, a circumstance that has many homeowners considering an air conditioner upgrade to keep that from happening again.
HSPF And SEER: Look For Those Ratings When You’re Deciding On A Heat Pump
You’ve made the decision to purchase a heat pump and are trying to determine which manufacturer’s unit to buy. Two ratings that will assist you with making your selection are the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) and the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER).
Upgrading? It’s Not Too Late To Take Advantage Of 2011 Tax Credits
Whether you’re upgrading HVAC equipment by choice or necessity, 2011 is a good year thanks to tax credits for consumer energy efficiency being offered by the federal government. Not all equipment is eligible, however, so it pays to do your homework before making a purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the requirements you’ll need to consider in order …