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 imperative to look for a system that provides superior comfort in your San Angelo home while still being 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 present 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 represent? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in San Angelo. A larger SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an older 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 created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced 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 the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Air-Dynamics Inc in San Angelo offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant 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 comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 325-655-2515 or arrange for an appointment with us online.