What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Greater Richmond home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the procedure. 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, meaning, seasonally in Greater Richmond. A larger SEER rating signifies a larger 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 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 expended. 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 denotes that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

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

Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 804-302-6657 to schedule an appointment with us.

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