Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Archive for December, 2015

How Do I Tell How Efficient My New Heat Pump Will Be?

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Just about anything mechanical you buy comes with some kind of rating to tell you how much energy the item will consume. With cars, it is the miles per gallon (mpg). With furnaces and boilers, the rating is AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). So what is the rating when it comes to your heat pump HVAC system? The acronym is HSPF, which stands for heating seasonal performance factor.

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Do You Know How Efficient Your Heat Pump Is?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Heat pumps are great HVAC systems to own in Orlando, FL. They provide excellent cooling during our long summer months and with the touch of a button on your thermostat, they can just as easily switch to heating during the short winter months. Heat pumps are known for their efficiency, which is why so many people choose them as their household HVAC systems. But do you know how to tell exactly how efficient your system is? It’s something called HSPF.

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The Importance of the AFUE Rating

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Most homeowners in Orlando, and elsewhere, don’t look at heating replacement as an opportunity, but it is on several levels. One way replacing a failing heating system is a great opportunity is by increasing your energy efficiency. It stands to reason that if you are replacing a heating system that is 10+ years old, there’s no doubt you will increase your home energy efficiency simply by purchasing and using an updated heating system. But if you really want to know just how efficient a particular furnace or boiler system will be in your home, the best thing to look at is the AFUE rating.

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Building a New Home? Make Sure You Have an Expert Calculate the Heat Load!

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We don’t have a huge call for heat here in Orlando, as we get plenty of it during the long summer months. But, we do get chilly enough during the short winter months to need a reliable heating system. Reliability isn’t the only aspect you want to have, though; you also need to make sure that any heating system you install is the correct size for your new home. Otherwise, you may be too chilly or too hot. The heating and cooling experts from Downtown Air and Heat can help you with the entire installation process, including the correct calculation of the heat load of your new home.

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