What do HVAC Rating Mean?

Are you looking for a new HVAC system for your home? Your mind would be flooded with many questions like whether will it be energy efficient or not? Will the system be quite enough for your home and how it will impact the indoor air quality? As an average individual, you might find yourself more susceptible to questions when you go through the web acronyms and shorthand used by industry professionals. However our expert professionals at Dallas Plumbing Company will help you decode the system ratings so as to offer you a better understanding as you commence your shopping:

  1. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER): This rating is used for both heat pumps as well as air conditioners. This ratio is used to determine how much amount of fuel is that used to power an HVAC system is converted to cooling output.   Higher the value of SEER, higher will be the efficiency of your HVAC system.

However minimum SEER ratings vary region to region. Higher efficient model will cost your more but in lieu will offer more energy savings.  However other air conditioners with SEER ratings up to 26 are also considered industry leading rating.

  • Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE): This efficiency rating ratio is using to determine how much fuel used in your furnace has turned into useable heat.  Higher percentage of heat used denote better system rating. For instance your HVAC system has an AFUE Rating of 80 it implies that 80% of the fuel used into useable heat. High efficient system will have an AFUE rating or 90 or more.
  • Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV):  Holes in the air filter allow movement of air and particles around the house. MERV is used to assess the holes. Higher MERV rating denotes small holes in filter that implies that fewer debris particles can enter your home. An efficient filter will have an MERV rating of 10 or higher. Air filters are essential to keep the air inside your home clean and comfortable. Don’t forget to change the filter on a consistent basis.
  • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF): This factor is a measure of the heat efficiency of your heat pump. Higher the rating of your heat pump, higher will be its efficiency. If you are looking for an energy efficient model, then go for a model having a rating above 8.2 and SEER rating above 1.2.

A brief understanding of aforementioned rating will help you finding a perfect HVAC solution that meets your needs. Dallas plumbing Company is a locally Dallas based plumbing and heating service provider offering impeccable services since 1903. Contact us today for any plumbing and heating assistance.