What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Payson home while still being 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 looking to upgrade your existing 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 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, in other words, seasonally in Payson. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder 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 produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The higher 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 effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater 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 comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 928-263-8570 to set up an appointment with us.

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