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What energy efficiency ratings mean and why they’re important

More than half of your utility bills in Middletown can be attributed to the cost to heat and cool your home. To save as much money as you can, you need a system that can deliver 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 few 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 measures the cooling efficiency of your equipment at various temperatures. Higher SEER ratings signify 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 poor SEER-rating, an upgrade could bring you a helpful spike in energy savings.

AFUE or HSPF (used to measure heating efficiency: gas or electric)
Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratio shows the percentage of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed—kind of like the miles per gallon you get from your car. Higher AFUE ratings usually mean lower energy costs. So, an AFUE rating of 80 means that 80% of the heat produced by your furnace is heating your home, and 20% of the heat is escaping through venting.

The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the heating efficiency of heat pumps. It is essentially the SEER rating for winter because it measures only heating efficiency. Like the other ratings, higher numbers mean better energy efficiency.

At Schagrin Gas Company, you’ll find equipment with the best energy efficiency ratings. We can help you verify the energy efficiency of your present equipment and help you find ways to improve on it and save money—whether with regular maintenance or with brand new, more efficient equipment. Just call us at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment with us online.