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 look for a system that provides superior comfort in your Marshalltown home while still being energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the process. 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Marshalltown. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler 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 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 think of 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 generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used 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 more energy efficient the heat pump.

Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 641-753-3563 to schedule an appointment with us.

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