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 so important to look for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Gresham home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better 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 present 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Gresham. A greater SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted 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 winter as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Honke Heating & AC in Gresham offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 503-663-8033 to schedule an appointment with us.