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 crucial to look for a system that provides excellent comfort in your Dallas home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the process. 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 reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Dallas. A larger SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 mature 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 finds the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel used. 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 created is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas presents equipment with the greatest 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 comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 469-617-3437 or schedule an appointment with us online.