The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to search for a system that offers superior comfort in your Troy home while still being energy efficient. Higher 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 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 indicate?
SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Troy. A higher SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 extreme 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is used 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 determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.
Edington Heating & Cooling Inc in Troy offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be glad to help you become better informed to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 937-558-9478 to schedule an appointment with us.