What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to search for a system that offers quality comfort in your West Palm Beach home while still being 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 existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know 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 reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in West Palm Beach. A greater SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an older 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 finds 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 smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating effectiveness 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 greater the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Summit Air Conditioning Inc in West Palm Beach offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling 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 561-582-3390 or arrange for an appointment with us online.