What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that provides superior comfort in your Tucker home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of 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 considers the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Tucker. A higher SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier 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 drastic 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 measures the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to measure the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

ACS Heating and Air Conditioning in Tucker presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 to arrange for an appointment with us.