If you’re ready to shop for a new HVAC system, you may not only be overwhelmed by the terminology, but the variety of systems available in the marketplace today. Contacting a furnace repair specialist in Mississauga and the GTA would be helpful when you are ready to make your purchase, but right now, we can get you up to date with the terms and systems you will be encountering when you go to shop for your new system.
Energy And Efficiency Basics
One of the things you will be looking at with your new Mississauga HVAC system is how you can cut your energy costs with the new efficient systems. You will want to shop for systems that meet or exceed Energy Star guidelines. HVAC systems that are qualified by Energy Star will ensure that you are purchasing one that is more efficient. The higher the Energy Star rating, the more efficient your system will be and the more cost savings you will find in your utility bills.
● SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures cooling. This is calculated by dividing the energy output by the energy required. The higher the rating, the greater the energy efficiency.
● EER – Energy Efficiency Ratio is determined by the cooling output divided by the electrical input. The difference between SEER and EER is that SEER will be determined over a range of outside temperature, whereas EER is determined considering outside temperature, inside temperatures, and relative humidity.
● BTU – British Thermal Unit – this is the amount of heat required to raise or lower the temperature of water. Most air conditioners are measured in BTUs.
● AFUE – Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency – measures a gas furnace’s ability to convert fuel to energy. The higher the AFUE, the greater the efficiency.
● HSPF – Heating Seasonal Performance Factor – this measures the efficiency of a heat pump as a ratio of heat output to electricity input. The greater the HSPF, the more efficient the heat pump.
Types of Systems
There are many HVAC systems available today and the right one for you depends on your family’s lifestyle and your needs. In addition to a ducted system that carries conditioned air to individual rooms via a network of air ducts, there are now ductless systems. For each room you want to regulate, there is an inner and outer component mounted to the wall or ceiling. Geothermal systems are those that utilize the earth’s even underground temperature to maintain a consistent comfort level. A heat pump is one that can reverse a refrigerant based system into one that is heated.
HVAC systems can come in two layouts. One is packaged and the other is split. More common is the split where there is an inner and an outer component to the system. The inner is most commonly in the basement of the home. The outer is the condensing unit. A packaged unit combines the two into one unit housed in a single cabinet.
As one of the most expensive systems for your home, you want to take care when shopping for a new HVAC system to make sure you are getting the most advantageous system for your household. Your best bet is to contact a qualified Mississauga furnace repair specialist to do a full comparison of the systems available. If you are looking for a qualified specialist, call the professionals at First Class Heating & Air. We have been serving Mississauga and the GTA for years and can help guide your decisions when making a choice in HVAC systems for your home.