What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Royse City home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating well 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 takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Royse City. A larger SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 finds the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

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

B&W Services in Royse City offers equipment with the greatest 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 972-695-2264 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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