Air ConditionersAn air conditioner controls the temperature, humidity, and general quality of the air in your home. As part of the central heating and cooling system, an air conditioner draws heat out of the house and transfers cooler air inside. When comparing air conditioning systems, check the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). Systems usually range from 14 to 22 SEER. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency, similar to how a car with higher mpg (miles per gallon) gets better fuel efficiency.
Gas FurnacesA natural gas furnace converts gas to heat. Gas furnaces are the most popular choice for the majority of modern homes with central heating and air conditioning. Keep in mind, you can only use a gas furnace if you have a gas line hooked up to your home. When comparing heating systems, check the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). Furnaces usually range from 80% to 97.3% AFUE. The AFUE shows how much of the fuel you pay for is actually turned into usable heat. The higher the AFUE, the less fuel your need to keep warm.
Gas Electric Packaged SystemsGas electric packaged systems provide air conditioning combined with heating from a gas furnace. During warm seasons, the system functions as an all-electric, high efficiency air conditioner. In colder season, it provides heat from natural gas.
Heat PumpsHeat pumps move heat from one place to another. When it's cold outside, heat pumps extract outside heat and transfer it inside. When it’s warm outside, they reverse this process to push unwanted heat outside. Heat pumps run on electricity and are recognized among the industry’s most efficiency HVAC systems. Heat pumps with high HSPF ratings deliver the most heat using the least amount of energy.
Air HandlersAn air handling unit is the indoor part of your heating and cooling system. An air handler circulates both cool and hot air, depending on the season. When properly matched with a heat pump or an air conditioner, an air handler will help you maximize the overall efficiency of your HVAC system.
Thermostat and Controls
Thermostats and controls can manage your energy use, adjust temperature and humidity levels. All of this can be managed remotely through computers, tablets, and most smartphones. So, they really are more than just thermostats. They’re the central hub for your home.