Why are there so many different types of efficiency ratings?
Most heating systems are rated with the annual fuel utilization (AFUE), which measures the percentage of fuel that gets converted into heat. Typically, you will not find a new heating unit on the market that has less than an 80% AFUE rating. While AFUE ratings are measured in percentages, other efficiency ratings are measured by different sets of numbers. A new air conditioning unit, for instance, will have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating, and a good SEER rating is at least 13 or above. Air source heat pumps are sometimes given an AFUE rating for their heating efficiency, but they are also given an HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) rating for heat, in addition to a SEER rating for their air conditioning capabilities. You may also see an EER rating when you are in the market for a new heating system, which stands for, “Energy Efficiency Ratio.” In general, the best and simplest way to shop for a high–efficiency heater is to find models with an ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR units are typically the most efficient heating systems available. You can always call us if you have further questions about efficiency ratings and saving energy.
What are some signs that I might need a heating repair?
While there are a number of ways to tell if you need a repair for your heater, one of the most obvious reasons is any kind of system malfunction or failure. There could be other minor issues as well, like a tripped fuse that may be the cause, but we’re happy to send someone over to get your heater running again. A recent and unexplained rise in your energy bills is another indication that there could be something wrong with your heating system, though you should also rule out other causes first. Loud noises, insufficient temperatures, and poor performance are other ways to tell if you might need a repair. Call us if you aren’t sure or if you would like to set up an appointment with one of our technicians.
How will I benefit from installing a new thermostat?
Traditional dial thermostats are not as precise as any newer digital model. Even if you don’t install a programmable thermostat, a digital thermostat will help to ensure that your heater maintains the proper temperature. Programmable and wireless thermostats provide even greater benefits when you consider the savings you can get by turning your heat down even a few degrees when you don’t need to heat your home. Even the most basic programmable thermostat allows you to program temperature settings according to your schedule. Wireless thermostats are ideal for zone control systems because you can create more zones with individual settings for each area. This will greatly reduce your heating costs, as well as increase the life of your system. We install some of the most advanced thermostats available, so call us if you would like to know more about these products and the installation services we offer.