What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that delivers quality comfort in your St. Cloud 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 be aware of that will help you during the procedure. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in St. Cloud. A larger SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an older 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 created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider 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 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Osceola Air, LLC in St. Cloud offers equipment with the best 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 comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 407-477-6319 to schedule an appointment with us.

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