What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that provides superior comfort in your Gresham home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more 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 mean?

SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Gresham. A greater SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 generated 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 means 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 works to determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Honke Heating & AC in Gresham 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 more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 503-663-8033 to set up an appointment with us.

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