Browse our glossary to get clarity on any questions you may have. Understanding the terminology can help you choose the right products for your home.
SEER Rating - “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” (SEER) measures the efficiency of an air conditioning system. Higher SEER ratings equate to lower energy costs.
AFUE - Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) measures the effiency of fossil fuel heating equipment. Higher AFUE ratings mean lower fuel bills.
Single Stage - A Single Stage system is either on (at full power) or off.
Two Stage - A Two Stage system will run at a reduced capacity when conditions are mild, and at full capacity when conditions are more extreme. Two Stage systems provide increased comfort & lower utility costs.
Modulating - A modulating furnace has the ability to ramp its capacity up or down in small incements, based on conditions.
Copper Tube/Enhanced Aluminum Fin Heat Exchanger - Copper tubing is an extremely efficient and durable material for transferring heat energy. Enhanced Aluinum Fins make the heat exchange process more efficent.
Scroll Compressor - Scroll compressors are typically more efficient and more reliable than piston compressors.
Heat Exchanger - A device that is used to transfer heat from one substance to another.
ECM Blower - Electronically Commutated Motors (ECM) are high efficiency blower motors for heating & air conditioning systems.
Variable Speed Blower - A variable speed blower (Programmable ECM) motor will continually adjust to operating conditions, delivering the optimal amount of air required to heat or cool your home.
Dehumidification - A properly sized and installed air conditioning system will keep you comfortable by removing humidity from the conditioned space. Systems with ECM technology can be used to enhance dehumidification.
Humidifier - Humidifiers add humidity to the conditioned space, making it more comfortable in colder climates.
Energy Star - A US Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency.
Communicating Equipment - In communicating systems, the indoor, outdoor and wall control components continually communicate with each other to optimize comfort & efficiency.
Wifi Thermostat - With a wifi thermostat, you can use your internet connection to monitor or even change the thermostat settings in your home.
VOC - Volatile organic Compunds (VOC) are chemicals that are off gassing from new products like carpeting, paint and furniture.
Air Purifier - Air purifiers eliminate Virus. Bacteria, Mold, VOC’s and odors from the conditioned space.
Air Cleaner - A filter or filtration system that traps small particals like dust, pollen and pet dander.
MERV Rating - Air Cleaners and filters can be compared by their MERV Rating (from 1 to 16). The MERV rating tells us how effectively the air cleaner traps small particals.