More than half of your utility bills in Excelsior Springs consist of cost to heat and cool your home. To save as much money as you can, you should find a system that can supply home comfort as efficiently as possible. The better your system’s energy efficiency, the more your system is doing while using less energy. If you’re ready to upgrade or replace your HVAC equipment, you should understand a handful terms and ratings to be fully informed and get the best energy efficiency possible.
SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency)
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER, rating assesses the cooling efficiency of your equipment at various temperatures. Higher SEER ratings indicate better energy efficiency, and therefore, more affordable utility bills. For colder northern states, The Department of Energy requires a minimum 13 SEER rating. Warmer, southern states must must have a SEER rating of 14 or higher. If your unit has a smaller SEER-rating, an upgrade could bring you a beneficial spike in energy savings.
AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric)
Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratio identifies the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed—similar the miles per gallon you get from your car. Higher AFUE ratings translate into lower energy costs. So, an AFUE rating of 80 means that 80% of the heat generated by your furnace is heating your home, and 20% of the heat is wasted through venting.
The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is essentially the SEER rating for winter since it measures only heating efficiency. Like the other ratings, higher numbers indicate better energy efficiency.
At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, you’ll find equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. We can help you find out the energy efficiency of your existing equipment and help you find ways to improve that efficiency and save money—whether with diligent maintenance or with new, more efficient equipment. Just call us at 816-379-3918 to schedule an appointment with us.