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 Hamilton home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of 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 reflects the competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Hamilton. A higher SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier 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 extreme 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 expended. 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 signifies that 80% of the heat created is exhausted 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 efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure 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 513-275-3601 or set up an appointment with us online.