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 crucial to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Buellton home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present 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, meaning, seasonally in Buellton. A greater SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. 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 generated is used 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 productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning in Buellton presents equipment with the highest 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 become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 805-242-9638 to arrange for an appointment with us.