What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to search for a system that offers superior comfort in your Naples home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into 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 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Naples. A larger SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into lower 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat created 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 determine the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Speedy Air Conditioning in Naples offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system 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 239-596-2645 or arrange for an appointment with us online.

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