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 find a system that provides superior comfort in your Crestview home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the search. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Crestview. A larger SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder 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 improvement.

AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric)
AFUE stands for Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio and it finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

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

Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 850-250-0335 to set up an appointment with us.