The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Payson home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Payson. A larger SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an upgrade.
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 generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider 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 means that 80% of the heat produced is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted 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 winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.
North Mechanical Heating and Cooling in Payson presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 to set up an appointment with us.