The annual cost of heating and cooling the average U.S. home is approximately $2,000. Based on recent years, that cost will continue to rise. With an energy-efficient Luxaire® air conditioning or heating system, you don’t have to be part of that statistic. If makes financial sense to calculate how much energy a new Luxaire® home comfort system can save you. The higher the efficiency of your system, the more you’ll save on utility costs. There are standard efficiency ratings that make it easy to compare the performance of different systems. To help you make informed decisions about energy savings, these ratings are explained below.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating measures the efficiency of central air conditioners or heat pumps over a theoretical cooling season. It's a simple ratio of the amount of cooling provided by the air conditioner (as measured in BTUs) with the amount of energy the central system consumes — measured in watts/hr. For example, if a system is rated at 16 SEER that actually means it produces 16 BTUs of cooling per watt-hour. But remember, a SEER number is theoretical. Your usage patterns, as well as proper equipment sizing and installation, will 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 slightly more complicated. However, the HSPF rating uses BTU to calculate useful heating output (including electric heat) divided by the total electricity 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 measure for a theoretical heating season - not including electricity. For SEER, HSPF and AFUE, higher numbers indicate higher energy efficiency. These numbers are then used in two energy rating programs: The ENERGYGUIDE label and the ENERGY STAR® certification.
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. Your exact costs will 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). Our high-efficiency systems are labeled ENERGY STAR® to identify products that are at least 15% more efficient than standard products.
Get the Right Size Equipment For Optimal Comfort and Energy Savings
In most homes, the heating and cooling system is larger than required. Besides wasting energy, improper size can create uneven temperatures, poor humidity control and maintenance problems over time. Improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30%. Properly sized ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment can easily cut your annual energy bill by hundreds of dollars. Programmable thermostats, like the Luxaire® Acclimate™ Residential Communicating Control with Wi-Fi® can save you even more with improved energy savings, home comfort and peace of mind that your equipment is operating at peak efficiency? Ask your local Luxaire® Dealer about high-efficiency residential products with the ENERGY STAR® label
Luxaire® is continually setting the standard in features and innovation and is proud to have its products recognized for continued advancements in quality, performance, efficiency and reliability.
Best Buy Award
The 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy Acclimate™ LP9C Gas Furnace
For 50 years, people have trusted Consumers Digest magazine to identify outstanding values in a complex marketplace. That's why we're proud that a Consumers Digest Award was awarded to the Luxaire® Acclimate™ LP9C 33-inch Modulating Gas Furnace. It's the kind of recognition that shows that our high quality means high value for you.
Home Builder Executive 2012 Silver Innovation Award
Home Builder Executive honored Luxaire® heating and cooling products with a Silver Innovation Award. The award recognizes products that provide the quality, reliability, warranty protection and value that new home builders and buyers demand.
ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient Designations 2012, 2013, 2014
The ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR®. That designation was earned by the Luxaire® Acclimate™ AL8B Split Air Conditioning System and the Acclimate™ HL8B Heat Pump when combined with the Acclimate™ Residential Communicating Control in 2014 and by the Luxaire® Acclimate™ LP9C Modulating Gas Furnace in 2013.
ACH&R News Dealer Design Gold Award
2012 ACH&R News Dealer Design - Gold Award Climasure™ AHR Air Handling Unit
This award is given by leading dealers to products that provide all the features contractors desire in a gas furnace — in this case, including the AHR air handler for versatile application to create a perfect home comfort system.
Every Luxaire® system is built with pride according to strict guidelines to provide years of trouble free operation. That’s why our products are backed by some of the best warranties in the business. For example, our Acclimate™ Series Heat Pumps come with a Lifetime Limited Warranty on the compressor and 10-year Limited Warranty on parts. And select LX Series split system air conditioners (TC7, TW4, TC3, TC4, TF4, TF3) come with a 1-year labor limited warranty – if your home comfort system is delivered and does not function, you have peace of mind knowing the repair will be covered at no additional charge, including the cost of labor. Our warranties provide more than minimal coverage. In many cases they lead the industry by covering parts and key mechanical components for longer terms than other manufacturers. Terms and coverage details vary according to the Luxaire® products you own -- see your dealer for details.
Our warranty coverage doesn’t stop there. Your Luxaire® Dealer can provide you with the lasting peace of mind that comes from the best extended protection plan in the industry, the Luxaire® Performance Promise™ Protection Plan. Purchased separately, this plan extends your parts, labor or parts-and-labor warranty for up to ten years - and there are no limits to the number of service calls and repairs that are covered by the policy.
Plus you benefit from these valuable advantages:
- Protects you against rising repair costs
- Paid via a one-time payment at time of purchase
- Worry-free costs of regular business hour service calls
- Fast and easy access to service from the Luxaire® Dealer who sold you your system
- The Performance Promise™ Protection Plan is designed to help keep your home comfort system running at peak performance—without expensive repair costs. Protect your investment. Contact your Luxaire® Dealer and ask about the Performance Promise™ Protection Plan today.