What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important
The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that provides excellent comfort in your Lake Worth home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating 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 represent?
SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Lake Worth. A greater SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an improvement.
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 think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.
HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.
Smyth Air Conditioning Inc in Palm Beach County presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling 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 561-533-6066 or arrange for an appointment with us online.