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 so important to search for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Kearney home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current 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 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, in other words, seasonally in Kearney. A larger SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder 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 extreme 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 created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of 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 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 works to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain 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 comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 308-624-3485 to set up an appointment with us.

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