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What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Auburn home while still being 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 looking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings indicate?

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, in other words, seasonally in Auburn. A larger SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider 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 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 is used to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Forster Heating in Auburn 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 glad to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 530-885-8081 or arrange for an appointment with us online.