Energy Savings

Coleman® HVAC—Long-term Value

The annual cost of heating and cooling the average home continues to rise, and the current cost already comes in around $2,000 per year. But with an energy-efficient Coleman® air conditioning or heating system, you can beat the rise in costs. The higher the efficiency of your system, the more you’ll save on utility costs.

Standard efficiency ratings that make it easy to compare the performance of varying systems. Make the most informed decision about your energy saving systems with the ratings explained below.

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating measures the efficiency of central air conditioners or heat pumps over a theoretical cooling season. This simple ratio is determined by the amount of cooling provided by the air conditioner (measured in BTUs) with the amount of energy the central system consumes (measured in watts/hr). In turn, a system that is rated at 16 SEER means it produces 16 BTUs of cooling per watt-hour.

Note that a SEER number is theoretical. Your usage patterns, as well as proper equipment sizing and installation, will determine actual efficiency.

The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures a heat pump’s energy efficiency over one heating season combined with its SEER value over one cooling season. The HSPF formula is slightly more complex than SEER. However, the HSPF rating uses BTU to calculate useful heating output (including electric heat) divided by the total electricity energy the heat pump consumed (in watt/hr.) during the heating season.

The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures average efficiency for furnaces, boilers and water heaters. This is a measure for a theoretical heating season (not including electricity). For SEER, HSPF and AFUE, higher numbers indicate higher energy efficiency. These numbers are then used in two energy rating programs: The ENERGYGUIDE label and the ENERGY STAR® certification.

EnergyGuide label: Manufacturers of heating and cooling equipment are required to display the EnergyGuide label . This label estimates how much energy the equipment uses, compares energy use of similar products, and gives approximate annual operating costs. Exact costs are dependent on usage, local utility rates and the type and source of your energy.

ENERGY STAR® certification: ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy awareness program developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Coleman® high-efficiency systems are labeled ENERGY STAR® to identify products that are at least 15% more efficient than standard products.

Increase Comfort and Energy Savings with the Right Size Equipment

Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30%. And an improperly sized heating and cooling system in your home wastes energy and can even create uneven temperatures, poor humidity control and maintenance problems over time. In most homes, the heating and cooling system is larger than required. Avoid this pitfall with properly sized ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment, which could easily reduce your annual energy bill by hundreds of dollars. Plus, the Coleman® Residential Communicating Control can save you even more with improved energy savings, home comfort and assurance that your equipment is operating at peak efficiency. Ask your local Coleman® HVAC Dealer about high-efficiency residential products with the ENERGY STAR® label.

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