What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides excellent comfort in your Norton home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the process. 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Norton. A larger SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an modern system.

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 larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

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

HCE Systems Inc in Norton presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 to set up an appointment with us.