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 offers superior comfort in your West Valley home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about 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 represent? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in West Valley. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate 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 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 finds 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 less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Select Comfort System Heating & Air Conditioning in West Valley offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 801-969-7088 or schedule an appointment with us online.