What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that offers superior comfort in your Hauppauge home while still being energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the process. 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 considers the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Hauppauge. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier 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 measures 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 smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that means that 80% of the heat produced is consumed 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 determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Cool Power LLC in Hauppauge offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you better understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 631-360-2665 or schedule an appointment with us online.