- This refers to its heating capacity not is physical dimensions.
The capacity of a heating system is measured in BTUs (British
Thermal Units) per hour. The BTU input of your new furnace is measured
to the BTU Heat Loss of your home. In general a unit that is too
small will lack the capacity to heat your home. A unit that is too
big will short cycle and never deliver the comfort you want.
Many buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will
provide better cooling. However, an oversized air conditioner is
actually less effective and wastes energy. Air conditioners
remove both heat and humidity from the air in your home. If the
unit is too large, it will cool the room quickly, but only remove
some of the humidity in the room. This leaves the room with a damp
feeling. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively
as it cools.
- The efficiency of a gas furnace is indicated by its annual
fuel utilization efficiency or AFUE rating. An 80% AFUE (todays
minimum required efficiency) means that a furnace utilizes 80% of
the BTU (or BTUH) in the gas to heat your home and the remaining
20% goes up your chimney. A 95% AFUE means that a furnace utilizes
95% of the BTU (or BTUH) in the gas to heat your home and the remaining
5% vents out your chimney. The more efficient the furnace the lower
the heating bill and this means less gas WASTED.
if your air conditioner is only 10 years old, you may save 20%40%
of your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more
efficient Air Conditioner. When buying an air conditioner, look
for a model with a high SEER Rating. Central air conditioners are
rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER).
SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a
specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of
6 or less. The minimum SEER allowed today is 13. Look for the ENERGY
STAR® label for central air conditioners with SEER ratings of
13 or greater, but consider using air conditioning equipment with
higher SEER ratings for greater savings. Trane offers a SEER
of 13 to 20.
- A Residential Heating and AC comfort specialist will look
at your current venting system and tell you if any changes are needed
to accommodate your new furnace. This will include installing a
proper "combustion air" or "fresh air intake."
- In general the high efficiency products cost more to install.
A high efficiency gas unit will pay for itself over time because
of the annual utility savings, rebates and tax credits. Other factors
that effect cost are how difficult the removal of the old system
will be. How difficult retrofitting a new system will be. As well
as bringing the current ductwork up to current Mechanical Code.
- Which is perhaps the most important Step in replacing and
upgrading your current system! Choosing the right contractor to
install the furnace can make the difference. You can install the
best made furnace incorrectly, undersize it, or not install it to
code and it will never deliver proper performance and efficiency.
These items can cause parts to break down and require multiple repairs
on your new system and cost you time, energy and money. Our technicians
are fully trained and take pride in the work they do. We are
a family business that will treat you like your part of our family.
- Every install has a 100% Satisfaction Warranty. Most
furnace and AC's come with a basic manufacturer warranty. The warranty
is divided into two categories: PARTS & LABOR. The Length of
time for the coverage of each depends on the system that you purchase
and the contractor you choose. Our comfort specialist will design
a warranty based on your needs and wants.
Colonial Heating and Cooling for a Comfort Specialist to give you
a no fee, no hassle estimate on your new HVAC equipment! 734-455-6500