What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that offers excellent comfort in your Albuquerque home while still ensuring energy efficient. Greater energy efficiency means your system is doing more while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or looking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the procedure. 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, meaning, seasonally in Albuquerque. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will convert into smaller 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an older unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 created for every dollar of fuel consumed. You can look at 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 means that 80% of the heat generated is consumed to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and operates to keep track of the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only measures your unit’s heating efficiency. Similarly, the greater the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are uncertain what the energy ratings are of the equipment in your home we would be glad to help you better comprehend to keep your home comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 505-994-9176 or arrange for an appointment with us online.