What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

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 offers superior comfort in your Genoa home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present 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 considers the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Genoa. A greater SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

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

Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 847-306-8990 to set up an appointment with us.

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