What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides quality comfort in your Stuart home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the process. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings mean?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Stuart. A higher SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 upgrade.

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 produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to determine the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be glad to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 772-600-7151 to schedule an appointment with us.