Energy Savings

Long-Term Savings for Long-Term Value

The total cost of heating and cooling the average U.S. home has reached approximately $2,000—and experts anticipate that price to rise based on year-to-year trends.

Beat the rise in costs with an energy-efficient Champion® air conditioning or heating system. When you’ve got an energy-efficient air conditioning or heating system, you don’t have to be part of that statistic. It’s simple: The higher the efficiency of your system, the more you’ll save on utility costs.

Several rating systems have been develop to help you make the most informed decisions about how to save energy.

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). So if you see a system that is rated at 22 SEER, that means it actually produces 22 BTUs of cooling per watt-hour.

Remember that a SEER number is theoretical. Your energy usage patterns, as well as proper equipment sizing and installation, are what 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 a little more complicated than SEER. The HSPF rating uses BTU to calculate useful heating output (including electric heat) divided by the total electric 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 measurement for a theoretical heating season (not including electricity).

For SEER, HSPF and AFUE, higher numbers signify higher energy efficiency. These numbers are then used in the following two energy rating programs:

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 depend 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). Champion® high-efficiency systems are labeled with ENERGY STAR® to identify products that are at least 15 percent more efficient than standard products.

Increase Efficiency with the Right Size Equipment

Many homeowners make the mistake of installing equipment that is too big. Aside from wasting energy, an improperly sized heating and cooling system can create uneven temperatures, poor humidity control and maintenance problems over time. In fact, improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent.

Avoid this pitfall of improperly sized equipment with high-efficiency equipment, which could easily reduce your annual energy bill by hundreds of dollars. Products like programmable thermostats can save you even more with improved energy savings, home comfort and assurance that your equipment is operating at its most efficient.

Energy savings can start as soon as today. Talk to your local Champion® Dealer about high-efficiency residential HVAC products.

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