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Measuring the Efficiency of Your HVAC Equipment

If you are looking for an economical HVAC system for your place, you need to understand the different energy efficiency ratings first. This can help you make informed decisions on upgrading to a more energy efficient model.  Below is a list of the efficiency ratings that you have to consider when deciding on an HVAC unit that will fit your green living.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

This ratio tells you the cooling efficiency of the cooling portion of a heat pump or an air conditioner. It tells you the amount of cooling your system will deliver per dollar spent on electricity. A unit’s SEER rating can range from 13 to 17. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system will be and the more money you save on energy costs.

Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)

This rating is used in measuring the heating efficiency of a heat pump.  HSPF ratings range from 6.8 to 10. The higher the number, the more energy efficient the heat pump system is, and the lesser you will spend on utility bills.

Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency ratio (AFUE)

This ratio measures the efficiency of a gas or oil furnace in converting fuel to energy.  The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit is. The less fuel wasted means the more money you save on utility costs.  All furnaces manufactured today must meet at least 78% AFUE ratio.

Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV)

This is a filter rating system regarding the size of the holes in the filter that allow air to pass through. MERV ratings range from 1-16. The higher the MERV rating on a filter, the fewer dust particles and other contaminants can pass through it.

Energy Star

This is an Environmental Protection Agency designation attached to HVAC products that meet or exceed guidelines for high-efficiency performance.  This type of HVAC products represents the leading edge models in today’s air conditioning and heating industry.

By choosing energy efficient heating and cooling equipment, you can enhance the comfort of your home while saving energy. At JMJ Air Conditioning and Heating, you can assure that the products and services we deliver will give you the maximum comfort with lesser energy consumption and costs.