How energy efficient is the heater that warms your home? There’s an easy way to determine how energy efficient it should be: look at the efficiency rating listed on the cabinet. If you use a furnace, the efficiency rating is listed as AFUE. If you use a heat pump, it has two efficiency ratings: SEER and HSPF, one for cooling mode and one for heating mode respectively. Understanding what these ratings mean will help you understand how your heating system works, as well as help you pick out a new unit when it’s time for a replacement installation.
No matter if you use a heat pump or a furnace in Anderson, OH, the team at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning can help you receive the best quality performance from it with our repair and maintenance services. We are also expert installers and will see that you have a heating system with the ideal energy efficiency for your home and budget.
AFUE: Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency
The energy efficiency rating of a furnace is AFUE, which is the percentage of heating fuel that the furnace converts into actual heat as measured over a year. If, for every 100 units of natural gas, a gas furnace generates 85 units of heat, it has an AFUE of 85%. Most modern furnaces fall in a range between 80% and 97% AFUE, with high-efficiency condensing furnaces scoring the best ratings. Higher AFUE usually translates into a costlier unit, but it will also mean significant energy savings over time. Let your furnace installer help you determine the AFUE rating that will work best for your current and future needs.
HSPF: Heating Seasonal Performance Factor
Because heat pumps do not burn fuel to generate heat the way that furnaces do, instead using electricity to move heat from one place to another, they have a different type of efficiency rating. HSPF is a ratio of the amount of heat a unit produces to the amount of electrical energy it uses as measured over a season; the higher the number, the more efficient it is. A standard HSPF rating for a heat pump is around 9 or 10. HSPF is similar to SEER, which measures a heat pump’s cooling efficiency, but is usually lower. When purchasing a new heat pump, you will need to take both ratings into consideration.
Keep in mind that energy efficiency isn’t the same as energy output. A system may work at high efficiency but still not produce enough heat to keep a home warm. When you are in the market for a new heating system, make sure that you have heating professional, such as those at RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning, assist you with determining the right balance of efficiency and heating power to meet your needs. We are here to help you with new installation, repairs, and maintenance for furnaces or heat pumps in Anderson, OH.