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 imperative to search for a system that provides quality comfort in your Hattiesburg home while still being energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is doing more 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 look out for that will help you during the process. So what exactly do those energy efficiency ratings represent? SEER (used to measure cooling efficiency) SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating takes into consideration the effectiveness of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in Hattiesburg. A higher SEER rating indicates a larger energy efficiency, which will turn into less expensive utility bills. The Department of Energy demands a minimum 13 SEER-rating for colder states in the north and a 14 SEER-rating minimum for hotter, southern states. If your home has an mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme energy savings after an upgrade. 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 produced for every dollar of fuel expended. You can consider it as the MPG on your car. The larger the AFUE-rating, the lower your energy costs. If your furnace has a AFUE rating of 80, that signifies that 80% of the heat generated is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and works to determine the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for the colder months as it only determines your unit’s heating productivity. Like the others, the larger the number, the extra energy efficient the heat pump. Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg 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 glad to help you better understand to keep your home comfortable, while saving money. Give us a call at 601-268-3486 or arrange for an appointment with us online.