What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that delivers superior comfort in your Marietta home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your current 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 represent?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Marietta. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder 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 radical 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of 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 denotes that 80% of the heat produced is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

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

Boyles Mechanical LLC in Marietta offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 866-326-9537 to set up an appointment with us.

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