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Air Conditioning Tip: HVAC Efficiency Ratings Explained

Monday, January 14th, 2013

There are a lot of factors that you must consider when purchasing a new heating or cooling system for your Tampa home. One of the most important of these factors is ensuring that you get the most efficient heating or cooling system that you can, taking your budget into consideration. Manufacturers have made this a little easier by providing easy to find efficiency rating information about their products. If you do not understand what these efficiency ratings mean, though, here are some of the common acronyms you may see along with a description of what they mean. For more information, contact the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

  • SEER – SEER is used to measure the efficiency of air conditioners and the cooling performance of heat pumps. It stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER the more efficiently the air conditioner or heat pump will be able to cool your home. New products are required to have a SEER of 13 or more, though the rating can go into the 20’s.
  • AFUE – AFUE is the measurement of how efficiently a furnace operates. It stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The higher the AFUE rating the less fuel is wasted in the heating process. Obviously the more fuel that your furnace is able to successfully and completely use the better the efficiency level of that furnace will be. The industry minimum for AFUE ratings is 78%.
  • HSPF – Standing for heating seasonal performance factor, HSPF ratings are assigned to evaluate the efficiency with which a heat pump is able to heat a building. The high the number the more efficient the heat pump is. New heat pumps must have a minimum of 6.8 HSPF.

Before deciding on a new Tampa air conditioning system be sure to ask questions and do a bit of research. You may not be able to afford the most efficient system available, but you should purchase the system with the highest efficiency level that you can afford. Over time the energy savings will help to offset the initial investment. Make your home a more comfortable and efficient place to live. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today.

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2 Ways You Can Improve Your Land O’ Lakes HVAC System

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Even the best heating and air conditioning systems can usually be improved. Whether you are looking to increase the efficiency or convenience of your heating and air conditioning system in Land O’ Lakes, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can help.  We have all the services, products and equipment necessary to help you get the most out of your HVAC system. Contact us today to learn more about how you can use your heating and air conditioning system in a more efficient, effective and convenient manner.

Programmable Thermostats

One of the simplest ways in which you can improve the efficiency and operation of your heating and air conditioning system is to invest in a programmable thermostat. In fact, many homeowners already have programmable thermostats that they simply do not put to good use. We encourage you to pick up the manual that came with your programmable thermostat, familiarize yourself with the device, and start keeping your home comfortable in a more thoughtful manner.

A programmable thermostat can have many different options, but if you are just beginning to use yours most actually come with some factory installed programmable options. With a programmable thermostat you do not have to leave the heat or air conditioning running in an empty house all day just to come home to a comfortable environment. Simply use the programmable settings to bring up or lower the temperature to your liking shortly before coming home. These thermostats allow you a better level of control, especially when you are out of the house or on vacation.

Zone Control Systems

Zone control systems are another great option for heating and cooling your home more effectively. By breaking your home down into different heating and cooling zones you can control different areas individually. Keep the kitchen a little cooler than the den while cooking dinner to keep everyone comfortable. Different people are comfortable at different temperatures, and a zone control system allows everyone to be comfortable and happy.

For more information about either of these great heating and cooling control options call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We want to make your home a more comfortable, pleasant place to live. The installation of a programmable thermostat and zone control system can help you achieve that goal. Contact us today for more information about improving your HVAC system in Land O’ Lakes. We look forward to working with you.

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