The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Perry home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking 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 reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Perry. A greater SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will translate 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 extreme 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 expended. 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 denotes 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 determine the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.
Gillman Heating and Air in Perry offers equipment with the best 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 better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 478-202-3076 to schedule an appointment with us.