Heating and Cooling Knowledge Center

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Energy Efficiency & Cost Savings:
Make the right choices for your home heating and cooling needs

Talk to your local HVAC dealer when evaluating your home heating and cooling options. Efficiency and cost savings are important variables in your decision. Plus, if you prefer to be environmentally conscious, efficient heating and cooling products can help by using fewer resources.

Your local heating and cooling contractor can offer you products with a wide range of efficiency ratings — from minimum industry requirements to the world's most efficient — to meet your specific needs.

Most recently, Carrier created the world's highest efficiency gas furnace for the home - the Infinity 98 furnace with Greenspeed intelligence. This means that 98% of the fuel is being used to warm your home.

Look for a high AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). Indicated as a percentage, your furnace's AFUE tells you how much energy is being converted to heat. For example, an AFUE of 90 means that 90% of the fuel is being used to warm your home, while the other 10% escapes as exhaust with the combustion gases.

Plus, the payback period (the period of time it takes before a consumer recoups, through lower utility bills, the price increase of the more efficient units) can be trimmed down with government or manufacturer rebate programs.

For AC units, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is an indicator of how efficient your unit will be. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit and the lower the operating cost. So, it is advisable to shop around for high-SEER units.

As you research high-SEER air conditioners, you will see that the Carrier brand rises to the top of the list of many consumer advocacy review sites (such as The Green Guide, owned by the National Geographic Society)

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