What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides superior comfort in your Madera home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know 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 considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Madera. A larger SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic energy savings after an improvement. 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 created for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to measure the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera presents equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system 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 559-675-1681 or arrange for an appointment with us online.