What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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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 offers superior comfort in your Branchville home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your present 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 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, meaning, seasonally in Branchville. A larger SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into lower 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can look at 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 denotes that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. in Branchville offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 862-345-6896 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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