What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to search for a system that delivers quality comfort in your McMurray 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 looking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the process. 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in McMurray. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will translate 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 mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies 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 works to measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Kowalski Heating & Cooling in McMurray offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 724-745-7404 or arrange for an appointment with us online.