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 search for a system that offers quality comfort in your Pacheco home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering 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 mean? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Pacheco. A larger SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will translate into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 finds the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at 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 denotes 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 works to measure the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 925-689-7017 or set up an appointment with us online.