What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that provides superior comfort in your Napoleon and Northwest Ohio home while still being energy efficient. Higher 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 current 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 mean? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio. A greater SEER rating signifies a larger 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 measures the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel used. 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 means that 80% of the heat produced is used 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 effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only determines your unit’s heating effectiveness. Similarly, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon and Northwest Ohio offers equipment with the best 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 comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 419-592-4756 or set up an appointment with us online.