What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important01/10/2017The cost to heat and cool your home totals more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s crucial to look for a system that offers quality comfort in your Wisconsin Rapids home while still remaining 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 current equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to know that will help you during the process. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings indicate? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating reflects the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Wisconsin Rapids. A larger SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will turn into smaller utility bills. The Department of Energy expects a minimum 13 SEER-rating for chillier states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for humid, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 measures the percentage of heat generated for every dollar of fuel used. You can look at it as the MPG on your car. The greater the AFUE-rating, the smaller your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that denotes that 80% of the heat produced 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 measure the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Similarly, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids offers equipment with the highest 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 understand to keep your home content, while saving money. Give us a call at 715-421-5555 or arrange for an appointment with us online.