What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The 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 Hudsonville home while still being energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about 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 search. 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 reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Hudsonville. A greater SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive 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 older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The larger 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 exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating effectiveness 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 extra energy efficient the heat pump. West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be happy to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 616-669-3961 or arrange for an appointment with us online.