Heating and cooling expenses usually are a households largest line item on a budget outside the typical mortgage payment. Because of this and rising utility charges, having an efficient HVAC system is a must! This blog post discusses how to save big with American Standard heating and cooling equipment for your home.
High Efficiency Heating Systems
American Standard offers a wide range of selection when it comes to single and two stage gas furnaces. These furnaces have exceptional AFUE ratings in the range of 80-97%.
You are probably wondering, “what the heck is AFUE?”
AFUE stands for the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. The AFUE is legally required to be displayed on the side of every furnace or boiler by the Federal Trade Commission. AFUE tells HVAC contractors and homeowners how much energy is actually being converted into heat over a period of one year.
If your AFUE rating is 75, this means that 75% of the fuel your unit is using is actually being converted into heat, and that 25% of the fuel used is being wasted.
What is an ideal AFUE? If your model is over 25 years old, your AFUE rating is probably in the range of 75-80%.
Today, we have the ability to install furnaces with AFUE ratings of up to 97.3! Only 2.7% of energy is wasted instead of the typical 20-25% waste in older furnaces. We recommend getting the highest efficiency possible, however we understand that not everyone can afford the highest efficiency ratings. Our home comfort specialists will work with you to determine the most efficient system to fit your budget!
High Efficiency Air Conditioning
American Standard also offers exceptional central air conditioning systems that are very efficient. On the AC
I’ve heard of SEER before, what does that mean?
When we hear the word energy efficient, our minds automatically assume more expensive. When talking about furnaces and air conditioning, this is not the case. SEER is the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, which determines the amount of energy needed to provide the level of heating or comfort you set on your thermostat.
If you have a high SEER rating, this means your AC system requires less energy to keep you cool and will save you money. Most A/C systems older than 15 years have SEER ratings around 8-10. American Standard’s Platinum 20 has a SEER rating of nearly double.
Having a HVAC system that has high SEER and AFUE ratings is crucial for saving money on your energy bill. Not to mention, higher efficiency systems also tend to keep you and your family more comfortable.
If your systems are not operating smoothly or have been breaking down more frequently, chances are that you need an upgrade. Our technicians will be able to assess your individual needs and budget to provide a estimate for a replacement HVAC system.
High Efficiency HVAC Upgrades
In addition to efficiency ratings, some items to consider are manufacturer warranties, Consumer Report ratings and the contractor’s reviews when deciding on a new HVAC system and a company to install it.
American Standard offers 10-12 year limited warranties with registration. The general public needs to get the registered limited warranty by contact American Standard themselves. However, Point Bay Fuel does this automatically on behalf of our customers.
Consumer Reports recently conducted a survey in which they polled over 14,000 consumers about different air conditioners. They found that most central air system owners would be satisfied by year five of ownership, but most American Standard owners stood out with complete satisfaction by year five.
The best indicators of the caliber of HVAC company you are dealing with are other people’s reviews of that HVAC company. Point Bay Fuel has an outstanding reputation in our community. But, don’t take our word for it, click here to see current reviews of Point Bay Fuel on an independent review site.
7 Additional Home Energy Savings Tips
- Buy a programmable thermostat. These thermostats can save homeowners up to 10% a year on energy expenses.
- Replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient, LED light bulbs.
- Install low-flow shower heads to reduce the amount of water you use in the shower.
- Close blinds or window shades on hot sunny days. This helps reduce the indoor temperature in your home, giving your AC system a break.
- Wash your clothes with cold tap water instead of hot water.
- Use ceiling fans to help promote the circulation of air inside your home. This helps to reduce the stain on your AC system.
- Install outdoor window awnings. This reduces the amount of heat gain in the summer due to sunlight.
Point Bay Fuel is proud to be an Authorized Dealer for American Standard heating and cooling products. To get a free estimate for repairs, maintenance, upgrades or replacements of your heating and/or cooling equipment, call us at (732) 349-5059 or click here to schedule and appointment online.