What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that delivers excellent comfort in your Savage home while still ensuring 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 thinking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the procedure. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings indicate?

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, meaning, seasonally in Savage. A greater SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

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

Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning in Savage presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be glad to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 952-373-0377 to schedule an appointment with us.

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