Despite the higher initial price, energy-efficient units invariably come with lower utility bills, helping you pay back your investment in only a few short years.
Basically, the higher the number, the higher the efficiency and the lower your long-term energy costs will be.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) indicates the cooling efficiency of air conditioner and heat pump systems. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency and the greater the energy savings. All new products have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. At Carrier, we offer air conditioner and heat pump systems that can achieve SEER ratings of over 20.
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) tells you how much of the fuel consumed by your furnace is used to heat your home and how much is wasted. The higher the AFUE number, the greater the efficiency. For example, a 90% rating means that 90% of the heat a furnace creates is used directly by the home while 10% is lost (usually through venting).
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. The higher the number, the greater the efficiency and the greater the cost savings. Today’s heat pumps must have a minimum rating of 7.7 HSPF.
Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) measures cooling efficiency and is calculated by dividing a product’s BTU output by the watts of power it uses. Generally, higher is better. (Noticing a trend here?)
The Coefficient of Performance (COP) is used to measure certain heat pumps’ efficiencies while in heating mode. You’ll commonly see this measure applied to geothermal products. Like other efficiency ratings, higher is better.
Indoor Air Quality
Chances are you have billions of unwanted guests living in your home. Dust mites. Mold. Mildew. Not to mention all the inhabitants you can’t see like pet dander, bacteria, viruses, skin flakes, chemical fumes, pollen and more.
The Indoor Air Analyzer service offered by your Carrier® dealer can quickly and accurately identify the unseen threats potentially lurking under your nose. The Indoor Air Analyzer evaluates your home’s air in about 30 minutes, producing easy-to-read reports. Your Carrier dealer can then recommend a series of solutions, customized to address your specific air issues. We offer a wide range of air-quality products including humidifiers, ventilators, UV lamps and air purifiers. Working together, they can clear the air by reducing pollutants and killing the living intruders in your home’s air.