Jeffersonville, Louisville and surrounding areas Heating News: A.F.U.E. vs. S.E.E.R.

Louisville heatingThere are two terminologies used  S.E.E.R.(seasonal energy efficiency ratio) and A.F.U.E.(annual fuel utilization efficiency)? Why are both important to understand and how do they complement each other?

AFUE measures how much heat is actually making it into your home verses how much fuel or energy is required to produce that heat. What you are left with is a percentage that represents your AFUE. For example if your AFUE  rating is 70%, that means 70% of the heat produced is making it into the home while 30% is escaping out the chimney or flew. The minimum in Indiana minimum is 90% while in Kentucky is 80%.  SEER reflects, much in the same way as AFUE, the amount of cooling delivered to the home verses cooling loss. The current minimum SEER rating is 14. There are products with SEER ratings in the 20s now.

When thinking about changing out your heating and cooling system, you want to consider both the SEER and AFUE ratings of new equipment. You may review our page that assists in helping to decide to  Repair or Replace that helps you determine what to do with your HVAC. This is a great tool to help you decide whether you should invest in repairs for your older HVAC system or should you replace it with higher efficiency products.

The more knowledge you have about the actual savings you will get from newer, high efficiency products, the better. The decision is made simple when you can calculate your savings verses up front costs. If you have your heating and cooling costs for the last year or two it will be a huge advantage in calculating and knowing exactly what your short-term expense and long-term savings will be. You want your SEER and AFUE to be as high as possible and at a price point that makes sense for you.

As October approaches there will be many furnaces needing repair. If you can arm yourself with good information now you will be prepared to make a wise decision this fall. Now you can tell your friends what AFUE and SEER mean and why they are important. It can save you money when you choose the right products.

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Benefits of Keeping Your Home Ductwork Clean

Louisville heating and coolingAhhh, breathing in a breath of fresh air. Its refreshing. Its even invigorating to take in the crispness of a beautiful day and be filled with energy. But what if the clean air we breathe was replaced by dirty, dusty, contaminated air that clogged our airway and never got cleaned out? We wouldn’t last long.

Heating and air conditioning systems operate similarly to that of our own lungs. They take in all the elements in the air and in order to recycle it cleanly, they need attention and maintenance; otherwise, they will just spit back out the impurities they are fed.

There are two main reasons to maintain and clean your ductwork at home. You can probably guess what the first one is:

Air Quality In a six-room home, up to 40 pounds of dust is created annually through every day living. Dander, dust, and chemicals collect and are pulled in through your ductwork and re-circulated 5-7 times a day. Eventually, they collect and compound and what you have lurking in your vents and ductwork is a massive clump of dust and contaminants. As your furnace continues to operate, it must push through these elements that often get sent back into your home. This can cause extreme health problems for people with respiratory issues, autoimmune diseases, and allergies. It also creates a struggle for your system to operate, which leads us to the next reason.

Energy Savings The U.S. Department of Energy estimates the 25-40% of energy used for heating and cooling is wasted because it is not used efficiently. Having contaminants clogging your system causes it to work harder to maintain your desired indoor home temperature. Working harder to do its job causes strain on the system and shortens the life of your HVAC unit. Air filters help to a point, but they can’t eliminate everything.

Cleaning ductwork places a continuous negative pressure with a vacuum inside the ductwork, which prevents the spreading of contaminants that are present. Fine particles are removed so that they don’t become airborne back into your home.

Give your Kentuckiana HVAC a clean bill of health and a breath of fresh air by scheduling your next ductwork cleaning. We can recommend a local company that will keep your air clean and your HVAC system running smoothly.

How to Extend the Life Span of Your HVAC System

Louisville HVACThe homeowner’s manual for giving your HVAC system a longer life is a short one. It can actually be summed up in just one word: maintenance. That’s the secret. Maintain your equipment by monitoring its performance and scheduling routine check-ups by a HVAC technician.

As a homeowner, your job is to create an environment that is conducive to extending the life of your system. A large part of that responsibility includes scheduling regular tune-ups from your local HVAC company. These tune-ups are critical in detecting potential problems and repairing existing ones. Your check-up takes care of three critical areas of maintenance.

Dirt Build Up – Your technician will remove dirt build up from the heat pump, furnace or central air. Any dirt build up leads to serious problems. Dirt on the coils slows down heat transfer and the unit’s ability to heat, cool and dehumidify. Dirt on the fan blades will create an imbalance and poor air delivery. All of these issues will cause increased energy consumption and higher utility bills.

Replacement –Worn parts can be replaced before wear and tear causes a complete break down. Technicians are trained to detect worn belts, low lubrication and rapid deterioration. Replacing worn components wards off system failure and ensures efficient system operation.

Air Filters-  Although some homeowners take care of air filter replacement routinely, a service visit can also ensure that the filters are clean and that the rest of the equipment is protected from airborne dirt. Scheduled preventative maintenance keeps you ahead of the game.

By maintaining your HVAC regularly you will energize your system and possibly extend its life span. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development given by manufacturers and industry experts, with good maintenance, you should expect the following from your system:

  • Central Air 15 years
  • Furnace 18 years
  • Air Source Heat Pump 15 years

For a small investment, you can receive a huge return.
Invest the time to schedule your regular tune-up from your local HVAC company.

Call VanKleef Heating and Air Conditioning (812) 280-0510 for your furnace maintenance and repair. We serve the Southern Indiana and surrounding counties, and including Greater Louisville .