What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides quality comfort in your Reeds Spring home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings represent? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Reeds Spring. A greater SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an modern system. AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric) AFUE stands for Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio and it measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to measure the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. All Seasons Comfort Systems Inc in Reeds Spring offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 417-739-4606 or schedule an appointment with us online.