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 crucial to search for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Selbyville home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for 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 considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Selbyville. A higher SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can look at 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 signifies that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing in Selbyville offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 302-436-2922 or schedule an appointment with us online.