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 crucial to find a system that offers quality comfort in your Springfield home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating 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 procedure. 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Springfield. A larger SEER rating denotes a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive 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 humid, 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 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 higher the AFUE-rating, the less your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies 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 determine the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

Bormida Mechanical Services Inc in Springfield offers equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure 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 content, while saving money. Give us a call at 217-210-2662 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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