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 so important to search for a system that provides superior comfort in your Locust home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your existing 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 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, in other words, seasonally in Locust. A greater SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 extreme 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to measure the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Like the others, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Dynamic Comfort Solutions in Locust presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 704-485-5506 or arrange for an appointment with us online.