What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers excellent comfort in your East Hanover home while still being energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the procedure. 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 efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in East Hanover. A larger SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 finds the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat produced 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 keep track of the heating productivity 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. Effective Service Group, LLC in East Hanover offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling 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 973-884-0065 or schedule an appointment with us online.