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What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re 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 find a system that delivers quality comfort in your Port Saint Lucie home while still being 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 thinking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. 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 takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Port Saint Lucie. A greater SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler 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 created for every dollar of fuel consumed. 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 generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

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

Custom Air Systems Inc in Port Saint Lucie presents equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant 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 content, while saving money. Give us a call at 772-335-3232 or set up an appointment with us online.