Because we live in a relatively warm climate, our air conditioners are used more vigorously than our heating systems in Cedartown, GA. That doesn’t mean that you can afford to overlook any issues with your heating system, though. If you are not happy with the cost of heating your home, even if our heating season is short, you may want to consider replacing your heating system.
There are a number of potential problems that could cause your system to lose efficiency during operation. It is also very possible, however, that your system is not highly efficient to begin with. Here is some information to help you better understand how efficient your heating system actually is.
AFUE and HSPF
If you use a boiler or a furnace in order to heat your home, then that system’s efficiency level is measured with an AFUE rating. This stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. New furnaces and boilers are required by the Federal Trade Commission to display their AFUE ratings, allowing homeowners to compare different models’ efficiencies side by side. The AFUE measures the efficiency with which the system converts its fuel to heat over the course of the year.
By giving you the ratio of annual heat output as compared to the annual fuel consumption of the system, manufacturers help you to make an informed decision when buying a furnace or a boiler. A furnace with an AFUE of 90%, for instance, will convert 90% of the energy in the fuel to heat, with 10% being lost to flue gases.
Now, heat pumps are widely renowned for their energy efficiency, but not all heat pumps are created equal. If you have a heat pump or if you are planning to purchase a new heat pump, be sure to look at its HSPF rating. The Heating Season Performance Factor measures the total space heating required divided by the amount of electrical energy consumed. Both the compressor and electric heating elements are taken into account.
If you have questions about your existing system’s efficiency, or are investing in a new heater and are looking for guidance, schedule service with Moody Heating and Air Conditioning.