What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they're important

January 10, 2017

The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to look for a system that delivers superior comfort in your Naples home while still ensuring 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 looking to upgrade your existing equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of 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 reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Naples. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for warmer, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can think of 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 means that 80% of the heat generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting.

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

CNR Air Conditioning Inc in Naples offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you better understand to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 239-241-5318 to set up an appointment with us.