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 excellent comfort in your Macon 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 look out for that will help you during the procedure. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Macon. A higher SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will translate into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an improvement. 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 produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is used 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 effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Like the others, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Air Temperature Control in Macon offers equipment with the highest 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 become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 478-784-1109 or schedule an appointment with us online.