What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to search for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Baltimore home while still remaining 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 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 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 Baltimore. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into lower utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 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 measures the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The higher the AFUE-rating, the lower 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 wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to keep track of the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Like the others, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore presents equipment with the greatest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be happy to help you become better informed to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 410-355-6010 or arrange for an appointment with us online.