What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to search for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Booneville home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Booneville. A greater SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 mature 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 produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Again, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC in Booneville offers equipment with the greatest 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 become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 662-269-8716 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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