What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers excellent comfort in your Utica home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current 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 indicate? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Utica. A larger SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to keep track of 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 higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica 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 more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 586-731-0950 or arrange for an appointment with us online.