Now that Winter has officially arrived, have you noticed an increase in your home energy or utility bills? Winters in Canada are notorious for being quite costly in terms of home utility bills. However, with the right heating tools, you can make sure you’re getting the most out of the energy you use. Not only is this kinder on your wallet, it’s kinder on the environment as well! Learn about saving energy in your home heating costs with Lennox furnaces by reading the Constant Home Comfort blog below!
Know the Numbers
If you’re looking for a new HVAC system (especially a furnace, since it is Winter), the energy efficiency of your selected products should play a huge factor in whether or not you purchase any given item. You home furnace and air conditioner will account for 50% of your annual energy use! This is not a small number. Spending a bit more on a one time cost to get an energy efficient furnace will pay for itself very quickly.
Now, this begs the question, how do you figure out which furnaces are truly energy efficient? First, you must learn industry specific terms to be able to accurately measure the energy efficiency of a potential purchase.
Furnace Efficiency Rating
If you are considering an electric furnace, the heat will be produced in the form of a heat pump. However, with a gas furnace, the head formed via a flame to the heat exchanger. This pump will be measured using the HSPF. The HSPF means the “Heating Season Performance Factor”. This measures the amount of energy used for energy (heating) output. As long as the HSPF of your chosen furnace is 8 or greater, you can rest assured knowing that your HVAC is highly energy efficient.
A/C Efficiency Rating
If you are purchasing an air conditioning unit, you need to find out the SEER. SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. The SEER tells you the output of an air conditioner in comparison to the energy required to output that energy.