What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Mechanicsville home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about 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 process. 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 takes into consideration the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Mechanicsville. A larger SEER rating signifies a higher 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel used. 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 signifies that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced 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 the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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