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What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

The 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 delivers quality comfort in your the Main Line 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 look out for 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in the Main Line. A greater SEER rating signifies a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier 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 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 finds the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater 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 works 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. Again, the higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the heating and cooling in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 610-626-2540 or set up an appointment with us online.