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 crucial to search for a system that provides superior comfort in your Waterloo home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the search. 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Waterloo. A greater SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands 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 aged 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. 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 produced 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 keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Cronin-Verheul Heating & A/C Ltd in Waterloo 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 happy to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 519-664-0600 to schedule an appointment with us.

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