If you’re thinking about replacing your heat pump or furnace, it’s probably been 12 to 15 years since you compared your options. During this time, technology has improved dramatically. In Broussard, Louisiana, a new furnace or heat pump installation can reduce your annual heating costs by 20 percent according to Energy Star. New systems are quieter, more efficient and come with the following comfort-enhancing features.
Multi-Stage HVAC Systems
Newer heat pumps rely on multi-stage compressors to achieve seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) ratings above 17 and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) ratings above 10. Two-stage compressors deliver impressive energy savings by running at 40 percent of their capacity 80 percent of the time. Furnaces have benefitted from similar improvements, such as modulating gas valves and two-stage burners.
Most high-efficiency furnaces are equipped with condensing flues. This system uses a secondary heat exchanger to collect energy from the furnace exhaust before it escapes up the flue. Thanks to this feature, some furnaces have annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) ratings between 90 and 98 percent, which are far above the government-mandated minimum of 80.
Variable-Speed Air Handlers
All types of multi-stage HVAC systems use variable-speed fans for increased efficiency, reduced operating noise and enhanced occupant comfort. These components modulate according to heating and cooling demand. They also extend the duration of the heating and cooling cycles, which increases the system’s efficiency, reduces temperature swings and improves your indoor air quality.
Once you have a multi-stage HVAC system, a smart thermostat is the final piece of the puzzle. This high-tech device optimizes the performance of heating and cooling equipment by selecting the most efficient settings. In addition to functioning like a programmable thermostat, these controls let you adjust the temperature remotely using a smartphone or voice-activated assistant.
If you have questions about these advances or if you’re considering a furnace or heat pump installation, call 337-706-9469 to reach Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating. You can also learn more about our products and services online.