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 crucial to search for a system that offers quality comfort in your Chatsworth home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working 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 know 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Chatsworth. A greater SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will turn 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Again, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 706-695-7492 or arrange for an appointment with us online.