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 so important to search for a system that provides quality comfort in your Saint Marys home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the search. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Saint Marys. A larger 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 chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat produced is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Turner Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning in Saint Marys offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 912-208-2470 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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