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 provides excellent comfort in your Augusta home while still being energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your current 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 indicate? 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, in other words, seasonally in Augusta. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic energy savings after an upgrade. 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 generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Again, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning in Augusta offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 706-722-5304 or schedule an appointment with us online.