Think of your air conditioner and furnace as part of a total system. That system will work better, longer and more efficiently if all of its components are matched in capacity and efficiency. By the same token, a mismatched system—one that mixes old technology with new—could decrease system performance and overall comfort.

For example, your new air conditioner will be capable of reaching a certain SEER efficiency rating. Because SEER is determined by a complete system combination, if your existing furnace and indoor coil are older or don’t match in efficiency and capacity, you might not get the efficiency level you paid for or be able to receive accurate information on what your rating actually is. Plus, an older indoor coil may even be dirty and clogged with particles, meaning more energy will be required to push air through the system.

Complete matching systems come with better warranties. Most manufactures offer a 5-year parts warranty on equipment, but will extend the parts warranty on complete systems to 10 years with registration

Changing only one piece of your system, is like changing out only 2 tires on your car because the other two have a little mileage left in them. The ride won’t be as good, the ride won’t be as safe, and you’ll be back in the shop again shortly to replace the others. The newer tires won’t match the wear time of the previous tires, so will never have a matched set of tires.

The overall cost to replace the whole system at one time will be less expensive than a piece at a time.

Rating numbers indicate the efficiency of heating and air conditioning equipment and are directly related to the amount of energy a specific model uses. The higher the rating, the more efficient the product, and the lower your heating and cooling bills can be. The federal government establishes rating guidelines and sets minimum efficiency levels. For cooling, the rating is SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). For heat pumps, the rating is HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). Gas furnaces are rated with AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency).
We spend about 90 percent of our time every day indoors. Today’s efficient, airtight homes are excellent at conserving energy, but that also makes them better at trapping potentially irritating particles inside the home. With the rising number of people who suffer from allergies and asthma, indoor air quality has become more and more important to our general health and well-being.
For people who suffer from allergies a Whole-Home Air Filtration System can filter allergens from the  air that your family breathes. The majority of irritating particles, like dust, pollen, pet hair and dander, dust mites, mildew, lint, fungus, most tobacco smoke, cooking grease, and even bacteria, can be removed from the filtered air. There are different types of these filtration units. Ask your comfort specialist which one best fits your needs.
Controlling energy costs starts with your thermostat. You can save about three percent of your heating costs for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter. And for every degree you raise your thermostat in the summer, you can cut cooling costs up to six percent. * Adding a programmable thermostat can also help you save energy, by allowing you to set four different temperature settings for each day.

Just as important, your system’s components should have the highest possible energy efficiency ratings. Make sure your components meet the following minimums:

  • Air conditioners: SEER ratings of 14 or higher.
  • Furnaces: AFUE ratings of 80 or higher.
  • Heat pumps: HSPF ratings of 8 or higher.

Select American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning air conditioners, furnaces and heat pumps have ratings of up to 20.0SEER, 96.7AFUE and 10 HSPF, respectively.

Having a matched system at home will also help. Every component in a matched system is designed to be matched in capacity and efficiency. That way you can enjoy the highest system efficiency possible. Mismatched systems could lose up to 50% in efficiency and capacity.

If you have natural gas available at your home, consider a hybrid system (dual fuel), which can save you an additional 38% on your heating costs over a conventional heating system.  A hybrid system uses electricity to collect the free heat that is outside and move it into your home during the winter. The gas furnace operates when the temperature outside doesn’t provide enough heat to keep up with the demand (usually around 35 degrees). It costs less to collect free heat than it does to make heat by burning gas.

Lastly, if you’re shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system, consider a high-efficiency variable-speed system. Variable-speed means your system varies its speed depending on your home’s heating and cooling requirements. It makes sure you get the amount of heating or cooling you need without wasting energy.

*Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation of equipment and duct system.

You will need to have a complete energy analysis of your home. By measuring windows and checking insulation, ductwork and building materials, and reviewing a variety of other factors, we can gather the information needed  to recommend  the right size system and equipment for your home.
That depends. There are many factors that must be considered. These include:

  • The efficiency of the equipment
  • The size of your home
  • Is the ductwork installed and in good condition?
  • Do you need a thermostat, air cleaner, humidifier, or any other climate control?

In most cases, replacing your whole system, including both indoor and outdoor components, will result in a more efficient, comfortable, longer-lasting system but will also cost a little more.