Energy Ratings Explained
With Canada’s frigid, cold winters and oppressively hot summers, it can take a lot of energy to feel comfortable and composed at home. With HVAC systems, the higher the energy rating the easier it is for your unit to maintain the optimal temperature as efficiently as possible.
Select Continental HVAC systems are ENERGY STAR rated to meet strict energy efficiency standards. The standards were developed in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage significant reductions in harmful greenhouse gases. Not only do ENERGY STAR rated products leave a lighter environmental footprint, but they’re lighter on your wallet for all your home energy expenses.
The following are some other energy rating measurements:
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE)
A ratio that measures the percent of heat produced for every dollar of fuel consumed. A high AFUE rating means that you can expect lower fuel costs to run your furnace because the furnace is extremely efficient in fuel consumption.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
A ratio of cooling output divided by the energy consumed. A high SEER rating indicates the efficiency and energy performance of your air conditioner or heat pump, which equates to a lower environmental impact and lower energy bills.
Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)
A ratio of heat output to the electricity used by your unit. HSPF is used to measure the efficiency of the heating component of your heat pump or furnace. A heating system with an HSPF rating will lower your electricity bills.