Frequently Asked Home Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Questions
Frequent Home Heating and Cooling Questions
The higher efficiency rating a product has, the more energy savings your family can rely on. Each Trane® split system air conditioners and heat pump units with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14.5 or above, 12 EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio), HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) of 8.2 or above, and all Trane gas furnaces with an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of 90% or above meet or exceed minimum requirements by the EPA for ENERGY STAR recognition.
Homeowners can also use these tips to save on their heating and cooling bills:
- Keep the thermostat as low in the winter and as high in the summer as possible to remain comfortable
- Clean or replace air filters on furnaces one a month (or as often as recommended by the manufacturer)
- Maintain your air vents & registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as necessary. Verify no furniture, accessories or floor coverings block airways or heaters in your home.
- Zone heating and cooling can also impact your annual utility bills. If there are unused portions of your home, you can take measures to close off these areas and only heat or cool the ares of your home you frequently use.
- Only use ventilation fans in your bathrooms and kitchen when necessary. These exhaust fans can transfer cool or warm air outside your home impacting your comfort and utility bills.
- Keep window coverings open on south-facing windows in the winter to maximize the sunlight that can enter your home. Close these at nightfall to reduce heat transfer loss from the cold class.
- Insulate interior door that attach to non-climate controlled areas of your home.
- Insulate electrical sockets and light switches to help keep your home’s comfort level more steady.
A) Are any rooms in your home seasonally too hot or too cold?
B) How often does your existing heating and cooling units run?
C) Is your indoor humidity too high in the summer or too dry in winter?
D) What system is best for your home?
You can use the »Trane® Comfort Zone Finder to determine which system best fits your needs.
Did you know that purchasing a more expensive and more efficient heating and cooling system for your new home may only add dollars to your mortgage, but could provide your family with substantial annual savings being more energy efficient than a less expensive system?
- The size of your home
- Your home’s construction
- Insulation value and insulated spaces, consider:
- crawl spaces
Other considerations are: