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 crucial to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Hudsonville home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your existing 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Hudsonville. A greater SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat generated 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 efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at (616) 669-3961 to set up an appointment with us.