What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that provides superior comfort in your Anaheim home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking 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 mean?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Anaheim. A greater SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, 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 measures the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider 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 produced is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. in Anaheim presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you better understand to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 714-855-1717 to schedule an appointment with us.