The cost to heat and cool your home makes up more than half of your utility bills. That’s why it’s imperative to find a system that delivers superior comfort in your San Jose home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are thinking about a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking 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 efficiency of your unit at different temperatures, meaning, seasonally in San Jose. A greater SEER rating indicates a higher energy efficiency, which will translate 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 mature unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see extreme 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 keeps track of the percentage of heat created for every dollar of fuel used. You can think of 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 used to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is wasted 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 winter season as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Again, the larger the number, the greater energy efficient the heat pump.
American HVAC Inc in San Jose presents equipment with the highest energy efficiency ratings. If you are unsure what the energy ratings are of the system 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 408-215-1018 to set up an appointment with us.