What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that provides superior comfort in your Naples home while still being energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking 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 indicate?

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, in other words, seasonally in Naples. A greater SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 drastic energy savings after an improvement.

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 higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Speedy Air Conditioning in Naples offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 239-244-3439 to set up an appointment with us.