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 imperative to search for a system that offers superior comfort in your Beaverton home while still ensuring energy efficient. Better energy efficiency means your system is working well while using less energy. Whether you are looking into a replacement air conditioner or furnace or thinking to upgrade your present equipment to be more energy efficient, there are some ratings to be aware of that will help you during the procedure. 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 competence of your unit at different temperatures, or rather, seasonally in Beaverton. A higher SEER rating indicates a greater energy efficiency, which will convert 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 hotter, southern states. If your home has an aged unit with a lower SEER-rating, you could see radical 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 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 denotes that 80% of the heat produced is exhausted to heat the home, while 20% of the heat is lost through venting. HSPF stands for the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor and is used to determine the heating productivity of heat pumps. It is the SEER rating for winter as it only keeps track of your unit’s heating productivity. Again, the larger the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump. Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton offers equipment with the highest 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 503-848-3838 or arrange for an appointment with us online.