What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that delivers quality comfort in your Crestview home while still being 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 process. 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 takes into consideration 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 less expensive 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Gordon Air Conditioning in Crestview offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 850-682-5509 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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