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What is a SEER rating and how does it impact my energy costs?
SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Like its "mpg" counterpart in the automotive industry, the SEER gives an indication of the performance efficiency of the system. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the unit. And, the more efficient the unit, the lower the operating costs. According to the experts at Trane Home Comfort Institute, purchasing a system with a high SEER rating means you'll use less energy to cool your house, resulting in lower electric bills. In many cases, these savings are enough to partially or fully offset the cost of the new equipment withing a few years.
I need a new outdoor unit, but my indoor unit works fine. What are the advantages of replacing my whole system at the s
We recommend that you replace the indoor coil or air handler when replacing the outdoor unit. Both of these components are integral to the closed refrigerant loop and together determine the capacity and efficiency of your system.
What size system do I need for my home?
It is important that new or replacement equipment is not sized by "rule of Thumb" or by duplicating the existing equipment capacity. The only accurate way to determine the correct capacity of heating and air conditioning equipment for your home is to have a load calculation performed on your home. Butler Heating & Air used the heat gain and heat loss data from your home to select the appropriately sized air conditioning or heating system for you home, based on equipment-performance data.
What factors are are used to in determining the load calculation for my home?
There are many factors used to determine the capacity or size system your home requires.
Some of these are:

Square feet to be cooled and heated
Number of windows
Insulation factors
Which direction your home faces
Heat producing appliances, and
Number of people who will be in the home
What problems can occur if a load calculation is not figured on my home?
By not figuring a load calculation, you run the risk of having equipment installed that will not run efficiently and could potentially cost you more in the long run. Over-sized air conditioning systems will not remove adequate moisture from the indoor air due to short cycling. Also, over-sized systems quickly cool the indoor air temperature, but they do not run long enough to remove the humidity.
An over-sized furnace is similar in that its run time is short, creating uncomfortable air stratification and less air filtration. Also, the frequent cycling of the unit on and off can cause undue wear and tear on internal working components.
An undersized air conditioning system will not adequately cool your home on the hottest says and an undersized furnace will not adequately heat your house on the coldest day.
What is a heat pump?
The heat pump is an air conditioner that reverses the process of removing heat from the inside of the house in summer to absorbing the heat from outside air and moving it inside in winter. It is effective by itself down to temperatures around 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. At that point, either a gas furnace or an air handler with supplemental electric heat will kick in and help heat your home. The Auxiliary heat light on your thermostat will help heat light. The heat pump will continue to operate along with the electric auxiliary heat. It will shut off when a gas furnace is energized. Emergency heat is a manual override option in the event your heat pump needs service.
Is a heat pump the right choice for my home?
The heat pump is effective in many geographies. In all electric applications, the heat pump may consume less energy than an electric furnace or air handler using resistance heat. Why? Because it can deliver the same amount of BTUs as electric heaters using less electrical input than the electric heat. In moderate climates the savings that natural gas yields may not be as advantageous as in colder climates, since there is less frequent use of the furnace in milder climates. Of course, the heat pump can be matched with a gas furnace where preferred. The heat pump can operate in the milder temperatures when the gas furnace may tend to short-cycle.
How often should I change or clean my filters?
Filters should generally be replaced every month when the system is running. Replace filters with the same kind and size as the original filter. If your filter is not disposable, follow the manufacturer instructions for cleaning.
The air coming from the registers feels cool when my new heat pump is set for heating. Is there a problem?
While a heat pump is perfectly capable of effectively heating your home, the temperature of the air coming out of the registers confuses some people. The air is heated to about 90 to 95 degrees, depending on the outdoor temperature. This temperature is approximately 20 to 25 degrees warmer than the indoor air temperature and will warm your house. It is, however, below body temperature (98.6 degrees) and can feel cool when someone puts their hands in the airflow.
What are the differences in Trane's single-stage, 2-Stage, and variable-speed gas furnaces?
A single stage furnace will deliver the same amount of heat and airflow no matter what the temperature is outside. a 2-stage furnace with a 2-stage thermostat will begin in first stage (low burner, low airflow) and only go to second stage if the indoor temperature drops during first stage. This makes the furnace run longer, providing greater air circulation, temperature distribution, and air filtration. This also provides a more consistent indoor environment. The second stage will only come on when the need is there. The more your system starts and stops, the less control you will have of your home's environment-and the less efficiently it works, partly due to duct heat loss.
How much will a new new Trane system cost?
That depends. There are many factors that must be considered. These include:

The efficiency of the equipment
The size of your home
Is the ductwork installed and in good condition?
Do you need a thermostat or electronic air cleaner?

In most cases, replacing your whole system, including both indoor and outdoor components, will result in a more efficient, longer-lasting system but will also cost a little more. Butler Heating & Air can provide you with an indepth, no obligation quote, while addressing all questions and concerns you may have.
What is an air handler?
The major components enclosed in an air handler's cabinetry are the blower and motor, controls, heater compartment, and an evaporator coil. This is why it is also sometimes referred to as a fan coil. A standard air handler, like the single stage furnace, delivers the same amount of airflow no matter what the temperature inside. Trane's variable-speed air handler has Comfort-R Enhanced mode, like Trane's variable-speed gas furnace, allowing the coil to cool down quickly and the blower to slowly ramp up and ramp down or to operate at 50 percent of the cooling air speed in the FAN ON position. This provides greater humidity control, quieter operation, maximum air circulation, temperature distribution, and air filtration for greater control of your home's indoor environment.