What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides superior comfort in your Marshalltown home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your present 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 indicate?

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, meaning, seasonally in Marshalltown. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert 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 warmer, 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 finds the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel used. You can look at 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 signifies that 80% of the heat produced is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

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

Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be happy to help you become better informed to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 641-812-2028 to set up an appointment with us.

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