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 imperative to search for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Plover home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the search. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings mean? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Plover. A higher SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier 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 improvement. 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 generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means 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 works to determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Point Heating & Cooling in Plover presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be happy to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 715-345-1979 or set up an appointment with us online.