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 offers quality comfort in your Boynton Beach home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the procedure. 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, in other words, seasonally in Boynton Beach. A greater SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller 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 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 measures the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the greater the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

A2Z Air Inc in Boynton Beach offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 561-270-6228 to schedule an appointment with us.