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January 07, 2011 06:01 ET

American Standard: Buying the Right Heat Pump or Furnace

TYLER, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Jan. 7, 2011) -

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Now is the time to start thinking about how best to keep your family comfortable and warm at home; however, in this challenging economic climate, it's also the time to think about how best to reduce home heating costs. With energy costs on the rise, it pays to take action with home energy audits, and by simply turning your heat down a degree or two. However, the most significant impact on your home heating costs starts with the furnace or heat pump you choose.

Install a Heat Pump

Install a heat pump to help keep energy costs down. Purchasing a heat pump is like getting two home comfort systems for the price of one; because a heat pump does the job of both an air conditioner and a furnace. However, unlike a furnace, a heat pump doesn't burn fuel to create heat. It uses electricity to capture the heat that is always present in the outside air and pumps it back into your home. In the summer, the electric fan blower in your indoor unit helps circulate cool air throughout your home. A heat pump is an economical option to keep your home warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and comfortable all year round.

HVAC specialists, American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning, offer a collection of heat pumps called Heritage®. This heat pump family offers exclusive comfort technology and a range of options to give you the most quiet, comfortable and efficient home comfort available. One particular model, the Heritage® 20 Communicating Heat Pump, has among the highest efficiency in the industry. In fact, it significantly surpasses government efficiency standards and can help homeowners save up to 60% on energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions**.

Purchase an Energy-Efficient Furnace

Another way to cut down on home heating costs is by purchasing an energy-efficient furnace. Whether you use oil or gas to heat your home, there is an energy-efficient furnace on the market that can help take the burn out of home heating costs. An energy-efficient furnace will provide maximum heat for minimum fuel usage. Some furnaces even reduce temperature swings and short cycling.

The most fuel efficient option involves the usage of both an energy-efficient gas or oil furnace and a heat pump. An excellent example of this type of system is the American Standard Heritage Hybrid™ comfort system. This heat pump and furnace combination provides you with everything you need to keep heating costs low. This type of system can be configured by your installing dealer to automatically switch from electric to gas or oil heat, depending on the weather and most cost-effective energy source. By combining an electric heat pump with a natural gas or oil furnace, you will not only save energy, but also enjoy effective home comfort all year.

Furnace and Heat Pump Maintenance

If you aren't ready to purchase a new furnace or heat pump, the best way to keep heating costs low is through maintenance of your existing home comfort system. An annual maintenance agreement with a reputable repair specialist, such as an independent American Standard Customer Care™ Dealer is well worth the money to ensure that your heat pump or furnace is properly maintained for longer-lasting performance.

About American Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning systems offer the highest level of home comfort at the lowest possible cost of operation. Their heat pumps, furnaces and other home comfort products are praised by consumer publications and meet or exceed all government standards for efficiency. Each American Standard Customer Care™ dealer must meet rigid requirements and standards to ensure their absolute commitment to excellence in every aspect of the business.

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**Potential energy use comparing an 8-SEER system to a 20-SEER high efficiency-system. Actual energy savings will vary.

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