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 provides excellent comfort in your Wyandotte home while still remaining 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 considering to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. 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 considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Wyandotte. A greater SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will convert into lower 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an mature 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can think of 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 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 operates to measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.
Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 734-284-1224 to set up an appointment with us.