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 crucial to find a system that provides quality comfort in your Holdrege home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your existing 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 represent? 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, meaning, seasonally in Holdrege. A larger 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 colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an older 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 think of it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Durable Service in Holdrege offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 308-995-8177 or schedule an appointment with us online.