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How is HVAC Energy Efficiency Measured?

If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, it might be hard to navigate all the confusing terminology and acronyms to find out which system is right for you. Most homeowners are concerned about energy efficiency as they want to keep their monthly energy bills low. However, it can be hard to understand energy efficiency ratings if you don’t know the terminology or how these ratings are determined. In this post, we’ll talk more about how HVAC energy efficiency is measured and what you should look for when buying a new HVAC system.

What is SEER and EER?

SEER indicates the electrical input that is required to run your air conditioner over an average cooling season as compared to how much cooling the system generates. This rating is based on an average temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. EER is tested based on higher operating temperatures of about 95 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. EER takes humidity removal into account and basically measures a snapshot of a moment in time, which can be useful for showing how the unit performs at maximum capacity.

Both efficiency ratings are important to note during the buying process. The higher the rating, the less energy that the system uses. However, a high SEER rating does not necessarily mean a high EER rating. Often, a homeowner will need to install an air conditioning unit that can function efficiently in a range of conditions. The SEER and EER ratings help you determine how your system will function both over time and at maximum capacity.

What is HSPF?

HSPF is the heating seasonal performance factor. Much like SEER, this rating helps measure efficiency of the unit. HSPF measures efficiency over a heating season, and it is determined based on the ratio of heat generated to electricity consumed. The most efficient heat pumps produced today have a maximum HSPF rating of 10. This rating is important to look at when purchasing a split-system heat pump or single package as it gives you a better idea of how your heating system will perform over time in regard to efficiency.

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If you’re ready to buy a new HVAC system, it’s important that you look at all your options for heating and cooling equipment. In addition to energy efficiency, there are many other factors that you should consider including brand, size, and cost.

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What Is An Air Handler?

An Air Handler is a vital part of any split system HVAC system.

Also known as an Air Handling Unit, (AHC) an Air Handler is the device within an HVAC or heat pump air conditioning system that “handles” the air that is brought in through the intake to be prepared for either heating or cooling. It prepares the air, by either removing or adding heat, depending on the season and the system in use. It actually changes the air that is being brought in. The Air Handler then circulates the air through the HVAC system for disbursement through the space to be heated or cooled. Smaller units are called “coils” and are used in split systems, those that act as both an air conditioning and heating system.

In larger systems, typically known as MAUs, for makeup air unit, the system actually does not handle re-circulated air. All air is brought in from the outside. These systems typically tend to be built more robustly than your average handler, as they must deal with larger volumes of air to condition a larger space. These outdoor units are also known as package units, or rooftop units. Schools, hospitals, and other large facilities employee these units for their use. They are built simply, with the design facilitating space utilization, durability, and cost effectiveness. A split system, air handling system will not be ideal for every climate. As every climate is different, thought should be given to the type of system you invest in.

Depending on the regular climate where you live, you can easily decide which type of unit you may need. In areas of high heat and humidity, you will want a solid condenser unit built into your HVAC system in order to maximize the air handling process. This will work to deliver maximum air cooling more economically than a singular unit. For those living in cooler or less humid climes, a heat pump/air handler system should be adequate to provide what you need in cooling and/or heating your house.

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