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 look for a system that provides quality comfort in your Waxahachie home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking 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 effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Waxahachie. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will translate into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy expects 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 extreme 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created 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 means that 80% of the heat created is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to keep track of the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating efficiency. Like the others, the greater the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.

C&C Refrigeration Inc. in Waxahachie offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure 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 comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 972-938-0033 or set up an appointment with us online.

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