What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to find a system that offers quality comfort in your Safford home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for 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 Safford. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an older 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies 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 efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Like the others, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. B&D Air Conditioning in Safford offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 928-432-6018 or arrange for an appointment with us online.