If you are looking for the best you
can buy in a heating and cooling system...consider Ruud. A step up in design, technology
and efficiency, saving you money as well as headaches. When purchasing a new air
conditioning system, there are many factors to consider. To help you make your decision
easier, we have answers to the questions you may have:
Choosing an Air Conditioning System
Selecting an air conditioner for your home is a big decision. It's an important
investment today. It will play a key role in your home energy expenses for years
to come. And when the summer heat is at its worst, you'll want your family to have
the best, most reliable cooling comfort possible. Here are a few things to consider.
What do good central air units have in common?
The best ones are efficient, operating on minimal electricity to hold utility bills
down. They provide steady, dependable performance year after year when properly
maintained. Good systems are quiet, long-lasting and low in service needs.
How can I be sure my Unit is the right size?
Obviously, an air conditioner that's too small won't keep your home sufficiently
cool. But what many don't realize is that an oversized system will cycle (turn on
and off) more than necessary, wasting expensive energy and possibly putting undue
strain on the compressor.
A good contractor will determine the optimum size for your home by making a careful
study of your cooling requirements. Window dimensions and exposure. Floor space,
insulation and local climate. Heat-generating appliances. The direction your home
faces. Even the amount of your home's exterior shaded by trees.
He'll specify the cooling capacity of the system in either Btu/h (British thermal
units of heat removed per hour) or refrigeration tons (one ton being equal to 12,000
Which air conditioners are energy efficient?
Much like automobile manufacturers, today's air conditioner manufacturers are required
by law to evaluate and rate their equipment according to its energy efficiency.
This rating is known in the industry as a SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.
The higher the SEER, the more efficient the equipment.
Most new homes with central air come equipped with a standard builder's model. However,
when replacement becomes necessary, property owners can upgrade their air conditioning
by specifying a more energy-efficient system.
The Ruud Classic XIV® High Efficiency model, for example, has a SEER of 14.00,
among the highest available. It's significantly higher than today's standard models,
many of which carry SEER's of around 10.
High SEER models are generally more expensive, but can easily make up the difference
by reducing your home energy bills over the long run.
Are some air conditioners built better than others?
The compressor is the heart of a condensing unit. On a hot day, it works long and
hard. Ruud installs the highly advanced scroll compressor in every Ruud condensing
unit we produce. Scroll Compressors are recognized by the industry as the leader
in reliability, efficiency and quiet operation.
Other features to look for include louvered steel cabinets that protect the coils
from damage and expensive repair bills.
Also, with some condensing units, the fan can be another source of bothersome noise.
Ruud units have a grill design that minimizes air restriction for quieter fan operation.
Choosing a Furnace System
These days, home owners search for all the value they can find in every household
purchase they make. You're probably no different. So when the time comes to replace
a furnace in an existing central heating system, or to install a totally new system,
you want equipment that minimizes costs and delivers dependable comfort for your
family - season after season. Here's a look at some things to consider.
What do Good Furnaces Have in Common?
The best furnaces are efficient. They keep a home warm and comfortable. They provide
steady, dependable performance year after year. And they are quiet, long-lasting
and low in service frequency and cost.
Which Furnaces are Energy Efficient?
When a furnace loses or wastes heat, it requires more energy to keep your home warm.
Some furnaces lose heat through the walls of the furnace cabinet. Energy-efficient
furnaces like Ruud's full line of state-of-the-art models significantly reduce
this loss with a blanket of insulation that lines the inside of the cabinet walls.
When a gas furnace is not in operation, most send a steady, wasteful draft of warm
household air traveling up the venting system and out the roof. The Ruud Classic®
Series and Classic® Plus Lines - with AFUE ratings of 78% and better - feature
an induced-draft blower that works in conjunction with a hot surface ignition system
to pull hot gases through the heat exchanger at a constant and controlled rate of
flow. As the burner cycles off, the draft blower stops, keeping the heating air
in the system.
Pilot lights also can be wasteful. The electric ignition in many of Ruud's furnaces
eliminates the need for a constantly burning pilot. This feature alone gives up
to 6% higher efficiency. And in combination with an induced-draft blower, can improve
furnace efficiencies by over 20%.
Most gas furnaces vent combustion by-products and gases by allowing the warm air
to rise naturally. However, on occasion, proper venting of combustion by-products
may be restricted due to blockage, deterioration of venting systems, malfunctions
or other causes.
The Ruud induced-draft blower maintains a constant draft through the heat exchanger,
which assures proper venting of the furnace combustion chamber. Ruud also features
a pressure switch which continuously monitors venting; and in the event it senses
a vent flow restriction, it will automatically shut down your heating system for
The most efficient furnaces tap the energy of the hot vent gases - which can reach
temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and more. The Ruud Classic Series®
2-Stage 90 Plus gas furnace does this by routing the hot gases through a secondary
heat exchanger. This step captures the otherwise wasted heat-using it to preheat
the household air-and delivers AFUE ratings up to 95%
A high-efficiency furnace generally wears a higher price tag, but it can make up
the difference by reducing operating costs over the long run. And with today's consumer
interest in efficiency, such equipment enhances the bottom line of your home.
Are some furnaces better than others?
Definitely. Features to look for include heat exchangers that resist corrosion,
direct-drive blower units, induced draft blowers, pressure switches, and an insulated
blower compartment, which helps minimize operating noise.
You also should ask your contractor if the manufacturer of the brand you're considering
quality-checks and tests every unit before it leaves the plant.
And be sure to check out the terms of the Limited Warranty. Quality manufacturers
put a convincing warranty behind their work. Ruud furnaces, which include all the
features described here, offer one of the very best. Even the primary and secondary
heat exchangers in the Ruud 90 Plus® are protected by a Limited Lifetime Heat
How to Choose a Heat Pump System
As cold as it gets outside, you'll heat up the productivity indoors. Ruud has the
most comprehensive, feature-loaded lineup in the heating industry. Our super-efficient
technology provides savings on both gas and electricity. Whatever Ruud heating
option you choose, you can depend on energy-saving, cost-effective, reliable performance
for years to come.
Are Some Heat Pumps Better Than Others?
Naturally, energy efficiency is important. But when making your selection, remember
low operating costs are little comfort if service and repair bills are high. Don't
be sold on energy efficiency alone.
Ruud is the only manufacturer to install the Compliant Scroll® Compressor,
the industry best, in its entire residential heat pump line.
What Should I Know About SEER and HSPF?
The Department of Energy requires all air-conditioning and heating equipment manufacturers
to evaluate and rate the efficiency of their equipment on a seasonal basis. These
ratings are known as the SEER or, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, for air conditioners,
and the HSPF or, Heating Seasonal Performance Factor, for heating equipment.
Heat pumps use both numbers. The higher the SEER or HSPF rating, the more efficient
the heat pump. High-efficiency units cost more. But since operating costs are lower,
the payback period may be shorter than you realize. A high SEER/HSPF heat pump also
can add value to your home which is important to today's energy-conscious home buyers.
Are Exterior Features Important?
Absolutely. Look for features such as a louvered, galvanized steel cabinet to protect
the condensing unit from outdoor hazards. And make sure the cabinet is powder-painted
with a high-quality enamel for improved durability and appearance.
What Kind of Coils Should I Look For?
Look for copper tubing in the evaporator and condensing coil. Copper tubing is a
good conductor of heat and is virtually immune to corrosion. And unlike fragile
aluminum tubing, copper tubing is relatively simple to repair in the field.
Are Some Brands Quieter Than Others?
With some units, the outdoor fan can be a bothersome source of noise. Ruud units
have a grille design that minimizes air restriction which allows the fan to operate
more quietly. Also, the fan is mounted on the underside of the grille. This protects
it from the elements and it directs airflow upward, away from plants and shrubbery.