What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

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The cost to heat and cool your home adds up to more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s so important to find a system that offers superior comfort in your Shreveport home while still ensuring 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 looking to upgrade your current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to look out for that will help you during the process. 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 takes into consideration the efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, in other words, seasonally in Shreveport. A higher SEER rating denotes a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller 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 humid, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see drastic 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 created for every dollar of fuel expended. You can think of it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the less 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 misplaced through venting.

HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to measure the heating effectiveness of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the greater the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump.

Moon's Air in Shreveport offers equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. If you are hesitant 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 comfy, while saving money. Give us a call at 318-671-5355 or arrange for an appointment with us online.

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