EcoSmart – Heating & Cooling
EcoSmart Home Services offers a full range of heating and cooling solutions for homes and businesses. Whether you’re looking for HVAC maintenance or repair, or an entirely new, state-of-the-art heating and cooling system, EcoSmart has the experience and the expertise to give you a more efficient and safer system, which will keep your home or office more comfortable while lowering your utility bills.
Heating & Cooling Efficiency
There is a vast range of efficiencies available for the heating and the cooling components. The performance of your cooling and heating system is determined in a large part by your HVAC equipment’s operating efficiency. For air conditioners, this metric is called a SEER rating, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Higher SEER ratings mean greater efficiency. Each “matched system” – an outdoor condensing unit that matches with an indoor unit – is tested and awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating, sort of like a miles per gallon (mpg) rating for your car.
The more cooling/heating a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher rating it will receive. The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume…that means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment. Also, utility companies will often compensate homeowners to install high-efficiency systems.
Amazingly, one in four furnaces in U.S. homes today is more than 20 years old and should be replaced with new high-efficiency systems.
The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is the most widely used measure of a furnace’s efficiency. This is the measurement of the percentage of heat delivered to your house from each unit of fuel. Standard systems might have an AFUE of 80%, which means the furnace converts 80% of the fuel it burns in to heat for your home while the other 20% is lost out of a chimney. High-efficiency furnaces can be over 95% AFUE.
The Importance of Ductwork
Ductwork is used to distribute airflow from your heating and cooling system throughout your home. This involves the air being pulled from throughout the house into the furnace/air conditioner, where it is heated or cooled, and pushed back through ducts into the living space. Both the return and supply of air is critical to smooth-operating ductwork, not to mention heating, cooling, and indoor air quality. Without properly designed return vent(s), the air pressure and equilibrium of your heating and cooling systems will be off and your home’s efficiency and climate control will invariably suffer.
If you compare the equipment of your HVAC system to your heart, then the ductwork becomes the veins and arteries. You can have the healthiest of hearts, but if the delivery system is sub-par, 2 things happen. First your system has to work extra hard to supply the air evenly around your home, reducing its life expectancy and secondly, it costs you more to heat and cool your home.
Efficiencies ranges vary with ductwork as well as the type of material used. Flexible ductwork comes in a variety of insulation ratings depending on the application. Another option is hard piped ducting which is a little more costly but has many advantages including a much longer life-span and far more resistant to critters chewing through it.