What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that offers excellent comfort in your Olathe home while still remaining energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is operating well while using less energy. Whether you are considering a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your existing 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 efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Olathe. A larger SEER rating signifies a greater energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy requires 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 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat created is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only determines your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the higher the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump. Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe offers 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 more than willing to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 913-432-3342 or arrange for an appointment with us online.