What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that provides superior comfort in your Kennesaw and surrounding areas home while still remaining energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking 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 mean?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Kennesaw and surrounding areas. A greater SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Total Comfort Solutions in Kennesaw and surrounding areas offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 404-987-5502 to arrange for an appointment with us.

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