What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Richardson 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 considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the procedure. 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 considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Richardson. A higher SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into lower 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 aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an modern system. 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 consumed. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted 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 determines your unit’s heating productivity. Again, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Hammack Service Company in Richardson offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 972-669-9192 or schedule an appointment with us online.