What energy efficiency ratings mean and why theyre important

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 search for a system that provides quality comfort in your Dayton home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more 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 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 considers the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Dayton. A higher SEER rating denotes a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into lower 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 aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 finds the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at 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 misplaced through venting.

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

Jent Mechanical LLC in Dayton offers equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be more than willing to help you become better informed to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 937-526-2077 to schedule an appointment with us.

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