Know what type system you have. There are two types of heating and air systems: A “split system” and a “package” system.
A split system includes an outdoor section and an indoor section, and is the most common type of heating and air system. Gas furnaces are also present in Central Florida, the indoor section is the coil that sits on top of your furnace. Cool air is distributed throughout the home by the furnace blower. While other homes or businesses indoor section is typically an electric furnace or an air handler. This product has the blower and coil inside one cabinet.
If you do not have an indoor section, you most likely have a “package” air conditioner, heat pump or gas/electric system. A package unit contains the blower and coil components all within the outdoor section and may even provide heat from natural gas or an electric strip. Package systems are very common and can be used in a multitude of applications.
The average gas furnace will keep you warm for about 20 years. So think long-term about efficiency and features that you want your new heater to include. The chances of energy costs decreasing are slim to none and once installed your options for upgrades are lost. Here are some tips before purchasing a new gas furnace:
Your new gas furnace will need to be matched with a new indoor coil and outside condenser to provide complete efficient system operation. When choosing the indoor cooling coil section and matching outdoor unit keep the following in mind:
All air conditioning equipment has been rated for efficiency. The rating applies ONLY to manufactured systems with matched outdoor units and the indoor unit (a coil and either a furnace or air handler unit).
When choosing your new home comfort system, The higher the S.E.E.R., the better. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (S.E.E.R.) is a measurement of the efficiency of your cooling system over an entire season. The higher the S.E.E.R., the higher the efficiency. Before 2006, most cooling systems were rated 8 – 10 SEER. In 2006, the minimum efficiency became 13 S.E.E.R. Today, energy-saving air conditioners can be ultra-high efficiency. For example, an air conditioner that is up to 25.5 SEER is 155% more efficient than a 10-SEER system; a 16-SEER system is 60% more efficient than a 10-SEER system.
Consider a high AFUE. Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the efficiency of your furnace. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient your gas or oil furnace is. An 80% AFUE furnace converts 80% of the fuel into heat; the other 20% is lost up the chimney. Most furnaces installed in the past 15 years are around 65% — 70% AFUE. Today’s minimum standard is 78% AFUE, but many rebate and tax credit incentives are tied to heating efficiencies above 95% AFUE. It’s important to ask your Air Care Systems, Inc. Comfort Consultant about local utility incentives that are available.
Consider comfort. Today’s furnaces can provide more home comfort than those from a decade ago. Many high-efficiency furnaces contain features that will make your home more enjoyable. Look for two-stage and variable-speed models that run at different output (capacity) levels to reduce noise and provide a better mix of air throughout the home (reducing hot or cold spots). Some extremely efficient furnaces, like the 97% AFUE modulating gas furnace, can vary the output level to provide the quietest and most comfortable indoor temperatures.
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Consider Air Care Systems, Inc. In need of maintenance, service or a new system call Brevard County, FL’s gas furnace and heat pump experts at 321-385-3950 or Toll Free at 855-632-9449.