What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that delivers excellent comfort in your Hendersonville home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better 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 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 mean? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Hendersonville. A greater SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Superior Comfort Systems in Hendersonville offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 828-775-5176 or arrange for an appointment with us online.