What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

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 delivers excellent comfort in your Kearney home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking 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 reflects 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 convert into less expensive 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 drastic 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. 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 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 determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney offers 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 happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 308-624-3485 to schedule an appointment with us.