What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Alice home while still remaining energy efficient. Better 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 current 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 indicate?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Alice. A larger SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Rescue Heating & Air in Alice presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 361-265-4371 to set up an appointment with us.