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 crucial to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Abilene home while still remaining 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 considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the process. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Abilene. A higher SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy demands 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 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 produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates 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. Similarly, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be happy to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 to schedule an appointment with us.

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