What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to find a system that provides excellent comfort in your Tomball home while still ensuring energy efficient. Higher energy efficiency means your system is operating well 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 be aware of 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 takes into consideration the competence of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Tomball. A greater SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of 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 denotes that 80% of the heat created is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to determine the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the greater the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump.

Premium Air Services LLC in Tomball offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the system in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 713-688-8784 or schedule an appointment with us online.

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