What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The 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 quality comfort in your Moline home while still remaining energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or considering to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the search. 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, meaning, seasonally in Moline. A greater SEER rating signifies a higher energy efficiency, which will convert into less expensive 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 warmer, 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 measures the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at 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 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 measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only measures your unit’s heating effectiveness. Like the others, the higher the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. J.L. Brady Company LLC in Moline presents equipment with the greatest 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 content, while saving money. Give us a call at 309-517-7511 or set up an appointment with us online.