What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to look for a system that delivers quality comfort in your Long Beach home while still being energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the search. 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 reflects the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Long Beach. A greater SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will translate 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 warmer, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical energy savings after an improvement.

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 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 denotes that 80% of the heat generated is used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Again, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant 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 content, while saving money. Give us a call at 562-286-6624 to schedule an appointment with us.