Energy Efficiency Explained

In your quest to find the ideal Carrier system, you will encounter several important industry-standard efficiency ratings. The higher in efficiency your product is, the lower your long-term energy costs will be. And as always, Hall’s Heat & Cool Inc. your local Carrier HVAC dealer can also help you choose the right heating and cooling products.

AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilisation Efficiency) is the standard measurement of efficiency for gas and oil-fired furnaces. Given in percentages, this number tells you how much of your fuel is used to heat your home and how much fuel is wasted. The higher the AFUE rating, the greater the efficiency. Carrier offers a full line of furnaces  with AFUE ratings ranging from the minimum industry requirement of 78% to more than 96%.

Cost Savings: If you have an older furnace (with an AFUE of approximately 60%), you could save up to 40% on your heating bills by replacing it with a new high efficiency furnace! The cost to replace your old, inefficient furnace is paid back through lower utility bills

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SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the measure of efficiency by which the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps is rated. The higher the SEER number, the greater the efficiency—and therefore the greater your energy savings. Today, Canadian regulatory bodies require all new products to have a 13.0 SEER rating or better. Carrier’s full line of air conditioners  offers SEER ratings of 13.0 to 21.

Matching Your System for Optimum Efficiency
One additional factor that affects the efficiency of your air conditioning or heat pump system is your indoor coil. If your condensing unit is not matched with the proper indoor coil, it may not give you the stated SEER and/or HSPF ratings and could even develop performance problems. When you replace an existing system, make sure you replace both units so your new condensing unit will give you optimal performance, efficiency and comfort.

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