The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that provides excellent comfort in your Saint Petersburg home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your current 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 represent?
SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Saint Petersburg. A higher SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an mature 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 finds the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.
HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.
Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Saint Petersburg presents equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 727-369-6195 to arrange for an appointment with us.