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 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 existing 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 reflects the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Columbus. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 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 keeps track of 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 lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling in Columbus presents 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 more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 614-451-0846 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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