As you learn more about AirEase™ products, and start to plan your purchase, it can be helpful to understand the
terms used by AirEase dealers.
This is a percentage measurement of a furnace's heating efficiency. The U.S.
government's minimum efficiency level is 78%. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient
the furnace. The initials stand for Annual Fuel
This is the indoor section of a split system. It can be a dedicated air handler, or could be your furnace. Also known as a fan-coil.
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. AHRI is an industry trade
association that develops standards for measuring and certifying product performance.
For instance, AHRI Standard 270 provides guidelines for establishing sound levels for
outdoor air-conditioning equipment.
The distribution or movement of air.
This is the air temperature (usually the outdoor air temperature) surrounding the
Microscopic living organisms suspended in the air that grow and multiply in warm, humid
British Thermal Unit. This is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of
one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. You'll see this measurement when you look
at heating and cooling capacities. For example, your dealer may recommend a 75,000 Btu
furnace and a 24,000 Btu air conditioner for your home.
Comfort Sync® A3
AirEase’s most advanced thermostat. Communicates with all the different system
components for increased efficiency and control, plus offers the ability to control the
system remotely from anywhere in the world.
Coefficient Of Performance. A ratio that compares a heat
pump system's heating efficiency to that of electric resistance heat. For
example, a heat pump system with a COP of 3.0
provides heat at 3 times the efficiency of electric resistance heat. A heat pump's
system COP will decrease as outdoor temperatures drop, eventually providing little or no
efficiency advantage over electric resistance heat—and that's when your auxiliary
heat strips start to heat your home.
Establishes an electronic connection between all the different heating and cooling
system components to optimize overall performance, efficiency and comfort.
For even greater efficiency, this heat pump can be
paired with a furnace. Called a dual-fuel system,
this combination minimizes heating costs by seamlessly alternating between the two
energy sources, depending on outdoor conditions.
Energy Efficiency Rating.
Products/homes/buildings that earn the ENERGY
STAR qualification prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict
energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the
U.S. Department of Energy. To learn more, please visit www.energystar.gov.
Gallons Per Hour. You might see this rating if you are looking at an oil furnace. In addition to input and output, an
oil furnace also has a rating of gallons per hour,
the volume of oil a furnace is capable of burning in 60 minutes.
A unit that both cools and heats your home. A heat
pump system can be either a split system or a package system. A heat pump can be used in conjunction with a
gas/oil/LP furnace (using the furnace instead of
electric resistance heat when temperatures fall below about 35° F) with the addition of
a fossil fuel kit.
This is a measurement of a heat pump's heating
efficiency. There is no governmental minimum rating. The higher the HSPF, the more
efficient the heat pump's heating performance. HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal
HVAC (pronounced either "H-V-A-C" or "aitch-vak") is an acronym that stands for the
closely related functions of "Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning."
Mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that allow the temperature in individual rooms or spaces to be controlled.
Mini-split systems consist of two main components; an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit(s).
Package units provide both heating and cooling
from one unit that is placed outside the home—on the ground, on the roof, or
sometimes mounted through the walls of the building. Package units come in several combinations of
fuel sources—gas heat/electric cooling; heat
pump; electric heat/electric cooling; oil heat/electric cooling.
AirEase’s Comfort Sync thermostat connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, allowing you to
access and adjust your heating and cooling system from anywhere in the world using a
smartphone or other web-enabled device.
This is a measurement of the efficiency of cooling products. The U.S. government's
minimum efficiency level is 13.0 SEER for split systems and 9.7 for package units. The higher the SEER, the more
efficient the cooling product. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.
This describes an air conditioning or heat pump system that is split into two
sections—an outdoor section and an indoor section. It won't work without the
outdoor section plus an indoor section to move the air.