What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

More than half of your utility bills in Genoa can be attributed to the cost to heat and cool your home. To save as much money as you can, you should find a system that can deliver home comfort as efficiently as possible. The better your system’s energy efficiency, the more your system is doing while using less energy. If you’re ready to upgrade or replace your HVAC equipment, you should understand a few terms and ratings to be fully informed and get the best energy efficiency possible.

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating measures the cooling efficiency of your equipment at different temperatures. Higher SEER ratings indicate better energy efficiency, and therefore, more affordable utility bills. For cooler northern states, The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER rating. Warmer, southern states must a minimum SEER rating of 14. If your unit has a poor SEER-rating, an upgrade could bring you a valuable spike in energy savings.

AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric)
Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratio identifies the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed—just like the miles per gallon you get from your car. Higher AFUE ratings usually mean lower energy costs. So, an AFUE rating of 80 means that 80% of the heat created by your furnace is heating your home, and 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is in essence the SEER rating for winter because it measures only heating efficiency. Like the other ratings, higher numbers denote better energy efficiency.

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, you’ll find equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. We can help you determine the energy efficiency of your present equipment and help you find ways to improve on it and save money—whether with diligent maintenance or with new, more efficient equipment. Just call us at 847-306-8990 to schedule an appointment with us.