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 imperative to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Carson City home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking 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 mean? 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 Carson City. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the lower 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 misplaced through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Anderson Heating & A/C in Carson City presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 775-882-8154 or schedule an appointment with us online.