Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning Explains HVAC Energy Ratings and Why They are Important

When it comes time to replace a worn out HVAC system there are several factors to consider – brand, capacity, cost, type, etc.  But, another important factor that should enter into the equation is HVAC Energy Ratings & efficiency.  Energy-efficient heating and cooling products make a home more comfortable AND more affordable.


Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning, one of Central Florida’s leading AC companies, wants homeowners to better understand energy efficiency ratings and how these ratings can influence utility costs.


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Below are the most common energy efficiency ratings and their acronyms:


SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio)

  • Standard measurement of efficiency for the cooling process of ACs and heat pumps
  • The higher the number, the greater the efficiency
  • Minimum required SEER rating is 14
  • Bryant offers a full line of air conditioners with SEER ratings of up to 20


AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)

  • Standard measurement of efficiency for gas and oil-fired furnaces
  • Tells you how much of your fuel is used to heat your home and how much is wasted
  • The higher the rating, the greater the efficiency
  • Minimum required rating is 78%
  • Bryant offers a full line of furnaces with AFUE ratings of up to 96%
  • Cost Savings:  If you have an older furnace, you could save considerably on your heating bill by upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace.


HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor)

  • Standard measurement of the efficiency of the heating mode of heat pumps
  • The higher the number, the greater the efficiency
  • Minimum required HSPF rating is 6.8
  • Bryant offers heat pumps with HSPF ratings from 6.8 to 9.5


Cost Savings: Upgrading to high-efficiency heat pumps and air conditioners requires an initial investment, but you’ll quickly see payback in the form of lower, annual utility bills for the life of your system.


“An additional factor that affects the efficiency of your system is your indoor coil.  In order to maximize SEER and HSPF ratings and ensure proper performance, your air conditioner or heat pump unit must be matched with the correct indoor coil,” said Scott, president and founder.


“There may come a time when you need a new system and our team is here to help you find the perfect system for your home. Our no pressure, no obligation quote will include all the elements needed to complete the job so you know exactly what you’re getting and exactly what it will cost – with no surprises.”

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