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 find a system that provides superior comfort in your Plainfield home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the procedure. 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Plainfield. A higher SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the equipment 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 815-768-6656 or arrange for an appointment with us online.