What is the Most Efficient Heating System 2022
Winters in North Texas may not get as cold as winters in the Midwest, but they’re not exactly comfortable — especially if you don’t have a high-functioning heater. As the daily lows start dipping into the 30s, it’s important to have a heating system that can keep your home at a comfortable temperature, both for you and your plumbing system. However, if you’re like many homeowners, you may worry that running the heat will drive up your utility bills. If your utility bills skyrocket during the summer and winter, your HVAC system may be inefficient and out-of-date, or you may need HVAC repairs. Top residential air conditioners and heaters aren’t supposed to break the bank, so if your utility bills are high, you may want to consider buying a more efficient system. Keep reading to learn why efficiency matters, how it’s measured and how to find the most efficient heating system for your home. At Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating, we know that inefficient residential heating and cooling systems mean higher utility bills for Red Oak homeowners. That’s why we’re committed to helping you find the most efficient HVAC system for your home.
Why Does Efficiency Matter?It seems like everything has an efficiency rating these days, and higher efficiency products come with a higher price tag. Although energy efficiency ratings may seem like just another marketing ploy, the fact of the matter is that energy consumption affects us all.
Energy ConservationIf your HVAC system were cheap to operate but wasted tons of energy in the process, would you be totally comfortable with that? Probably not, because you know that energy from non-renewable sources isn’t free; it’s harvested from somewhere. In 2020, about 61% of electricity in the U.S. was generated by fossil fuels, a non-renewable resource. An energy-efficient HVAC system can go a long way in helping with energy conservation.
Utility BillsAlthough it’s not all about the money, the money is certainly important. When utility bills are high, Texas homeowners can really start to feel the strain on their wallets. This can put a lot of pressure on people who don’t have much wiggle room in their budgets to begin with. Although buying a more energy-efficient HVAC system is a large upfront investment, it can provide homeowners with significant savings in the long run.
How Is Energy Efficiency Measured?In the world of HVAC, energy efficiency is measured through rating systems. The rating system a particular heating system uses will depend on what type of energy it uses. The following are the most commonly used rating systems:
- Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). The AFUE rating system measures how efficiently a furnace uses fuel. A furnaces’s AFUE number indicates the percentage of fuel that the furnace converts into heat (in contrast to how much it wastes in the heating process). The minimum AFUE for new systems is 78, but energy efficient furnaces can have an AFUE rating that’s close to 100.
- Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The HSPF number is a heat pump’s total heat output divided by its energy consumption. Higher numbers indicate higher efficiency. Heat pumps manufactured after 2005 should have a HSPF of 7.7, but newer models have HSPF numbers closer to 10.
- Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A SEER rating indicates an air conditioner or heat pump’s cooling efficiency (yes, heat pumps can cool as well as heat). Specifically, SEER measures how much energy a system requires to extract hot air. New ACs and heat pumps must meet the minimum standard SEER 13, but newer models have a SEER of around 20.