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What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

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 Neptune City home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present 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 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 Neptune City. A greater SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller 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 mature 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 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 denotes that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Aggressive Mechanical in Neptune City presents equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 732-806-5536 to schedule an appointment with us.