What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Orange County 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 present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for 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 reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Orange County. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will turn 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 look at it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the winter season as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Mighty Ducts in Orange County 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 glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 714-464-3376 or set up an appointment with us online.

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