What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to search for a system that delivers excellent comfort in your Racine home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the search. 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 takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Racine. A larger SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme energy savings after an modern system.

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 look at it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies 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 operates to keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc in Racine offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 to set up an appointment with us.

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