With energy efficiency a leading factor in the optimization of furnaces for the home, the best modern models are condensing furnaces. By capturing and condensing water vapor in the air, condensing furnaces take advantage of the tighter, more closed system that characterize modern homes and yielding ever better energy conservation. But a condensing furnace may require fine-tuning the intake and exhaust of air to balance levels of humidity in the home.
In the context of heating and cooling systems, laminar flow describes the smooth, unhindered passage of air through duct work. The opposite of laminar flow is turbulent flow, where the air tumbles around, getting caught in pockets, churning chaotically in vortices and doing a poor job of circulating. When air flows through the system smoothly, energy is conserved, whereas when the air flows turbulently, friction increases, momentum is lost and energy is wasted.
In the simplest terms, the higher the SEER value of a heating and cooling system, the more efficient and more cost-effective the system is. Many older systems still in use have SEERs of 6 or below, whereas by 1994, the average SEER for all units shipped by manufacturers in the U.S. improved to 10.61 for central air conditioners and 10.94 for central heat pumps.
Because newer climate control systems are generally more energy efficient than older ones, you might actually save money by replacing your old central air conditioning, heat pump and ventilation system before it completely wears out. Contact us, have us come out and give you an estimate. In some cases, the money you save in reduced utility costs might pay back the purchase price of a new system years earlier than you might think.