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 crucial to search for a system that offers quality comfort in your Plover home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Plover. A greater SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into lower 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 finds 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 created is exhausted 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 efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Point Heating & Cooling in Plover presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 715-504-0533 to schedule an appointment with us.