What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to search for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Shelby Township home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well 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 search. 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, or rather, seasonally in Shelby Township . A greater SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands 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 aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider 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 created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Mr. Air Repair in Shelby Township 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 happy to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 586-262-4258 or arrange for an appointment with us online.