What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that provides excellent 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 looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the procedure. 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Stuart. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an older 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 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 means that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

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

Breathe Healthier Air Inc 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 better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 772-200-3617 to schedule an appointment with us.

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