What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to find a system that provides superior comfort in your Columbus home while still remaining 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 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, meaning, seasonally in Columbus. A higher SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will convert 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 measures the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider 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 produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Wolfe & Sons Inc in Columbus offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 614-451-0846 or arrange for an appointment with us online.