From your HVAC system to your AC unit, every appliance in your home comes with two different price tags: the price to purchase it and the price it will cost you to run it. Heating and cooling account for over half of the total energy used in the average home and is one of the most significant monthly homeowners’ expenses.
So, if and when you need to purchase a new appliance for your home, it is a smart choice to consider investing in energy-efficient systems. Not only can it help to save the planet by reducing your energy use, but it also enables you to save money without sacrificing the comfort you and your family are used to.
When choosing energy-efficient appliances, it’s essential to know how to understand energy efficiency ratings. Here are some of the things you need to know before you decide.
ENERGY STAR Rating
The ENERGY STAR program is run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. When choosing an appliance, make sure you look for that ENERGY STAR label that certifies that the product is an energy-efficient top performer that will save you money without sacrificing performance.
AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency Ratio)
The AFUE rating is a standard measurement of efficiency for gas and oil-fired furnaces that tells you how much of your fuel is used to heat your home and how much energy is wasted. The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency. For example, an energy-efficient furnace with a 90 percent AFUE rating can turn 90% of the energy it consumes into heat for your home or building while only wasting about 10%.
SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating)
The SEER is a standard measurement of efficiency for the cooling process of air conditioners and the heating mode of heat pumps. A higher SEER rating provides greater energy efficiency in certain conditions, meaning that an air conditioner with a higher rating will keep your home more comfortable in the summer months. The U.S. Department of Energy requires that all air conditioning units meet a minimum efficiency rating certified by SEER numbers. You’ll still find many options that will go above and beyond these minimums to give you even better results.
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While investing in energy-efficient appliances does require a costly initial investment, you will end up saving money in the long run with lower annual utility bills for the duration of your appliance’s life. If you’re looking to install an energy-efficient furnace or air conditioner, Supreme PHC is proud to be a Bryant Factory Authorized Dealer. We can offer you reliable furnace and air conditioning products with a wide range of energy-efficient ratings so that you can pick the right solution for your home. Give us a call today to learn more!