What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Westerville home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating 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 look out for 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Westerville. A higher SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended. 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 denotes that 80% of the heat produced is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Uptown Heating & Cooling in Westerville offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 614-344-6949 to schedule an appointment with us.