What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that offers quality comfort in your Tuscaloosa home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking 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 represent?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Tuscaloosa. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for cooler 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 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the lower 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 effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa presents 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 comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 to set up an appointment with us.

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