The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Litchfield Park home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of 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 reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Litchfield Park. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 measures the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. 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 signifies that 80% of the heat generated is used 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.
Cooler Tymes LLC in Litchfield Park offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 623-208-6444 to arrange for an appointment with us.