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 find a system that provides superior comfort in your Grove City home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings represent? 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, or rather, seasonally in Grove City. A greater SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive 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 older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat generated 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Air Quality Solutions in Grove City offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 614-871-4144 or schedule an appointment with us online.