What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Mechanicsville home while still being 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 procedure. 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 reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Mechanicsville. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged 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 measures 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 less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat produced is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced 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 the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville presents equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be happy to help you better understand 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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