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After the monthly mortgage or rent payment, the next greatest expense for many St. Petersburg FL home and business owners is the utility bills for heating and air conditioning. As the costs of natural gas, propane and electricity continue to rise, many residents are looking for ways to cut costs on operating a heating system in St. Petersburg FL. One way to lower utility costs is to install a new heating system. Today’s newest heating systems offer better energy efficiency, comfort and convenience than ever before.

AFUE Ratings

The U.S. Department of Energy rates furnaces based on the AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency). This is a measure of how much of the energy (gas, oil or electricity) consumed by the system is utilized versus how much is wasted. AFUE ratings range widely depending on the fuel source for the furnace. An electric furnace has up to a 99.9 percent AFUE, meaning that it wastes virtually no electricity when producing heat. A modern gas or oil furnace usually converts 80 to 90 percent of the fuel into energy. A new electric furnace could lower your utility bills by up to 40 percent per month, while a new gas or oil furnace could lower utility costs by 20 percent or more each month.

SEER Ratings

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings are issues by the U.S. Department of Energy as a measure of how efficient a heat pump is at moving heat from the outdoors to the indoors to heat a home, or the indoors to the outdoors to cool the home. When selecting a heat pump, choose one with a SEER rating of at least 14 for the best level of energy efficiency.


With today’s new heat pumps and furnaces, you can run the system’s fan to aid in your home’s ventilation needs. In many cases, just running the fan will provide enough airflow to create an ideal level of indoor comfort. The energy cost of operating the system fan by itself is minimal and can save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs. The variable speed motors in today’s heat pumps and furnaces also aid in high quality ventilation with the use of a minimum amount of energy. The system automatically adjusts the motor and fan speed so that your home has a constant and consistent level of heating and airflow.

At Senica Air Conditioning, Inc., our expert heating and air conditioning technicians take pride in helping you lower your utility costs while still enjoying an ideal indoor environment. When you install new heating system in St. Petersburg FL, you gain the benefits of a more reliable system, an environmentally friendly home or building and a reduced utility budget. We have been installing new heating systems in St. Petersburg FL for many years. When you are ready to enjoy lower utility bills for this winter and for many more winters to come, our team at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. is ready to assist you.

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