What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers excellent comfort in your Topeka home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the procedure. 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Topeka. A greater SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will translate into less expensive 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged 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 generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can look at 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 means that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost 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 colder months as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka 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 glad to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 785-357-6200 or set up an appointment with us online.