Do you know what the SEER rating for your air conditioner is? This is the efficiency rating that shows how well the air conditioner converts electrical power into cooling power. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” and is measured as the ratio of cooling in BTUs (British Thermal Units) to the amount of energy used watt-hours, averaged over an entire season of air conditioning. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient an air conditioning system. The current minimum requirement for an air conditioner to receive the ENERGY STAR label is 14 SEER.
Is It Time to Upgrade Your AC?
If you have an old air conditioning system that has a SEER that is 13 or under, then it is long past time to have it replaced. When an air conditioning system is this old (usually 15 years or more) it will already be running a reduced efficiency because of wear and tear, and you will save a significant amount of money even with an inexpensive upgrade to 14–16 SEER unit. There are also special high efficiency air conditioners that use multi-speed fans to reduce energy consumption. These units can sometimes score 18 SEER and above.
You should also consider upgrading your air conditioner if you’ve notice a rise in utility bills that you can’t otherwise explain because of repair problems or increased use. This often means the air conditioner is wearing down too fast, and it’s usually more cost-effective to replace it than to keep using it.
Keep in mind that a high SEER rating doesn’t automatically mean an air conditioner that saves you money. If an air conditioner is poorly installed, it won’t work effectively, regardless of its SEER rating. Make sure to call on professionals when you are interested in upgrading you AC so that you end up with the right replacement.
JW Heating and Air can help you find the ideal new air conditioning system for your home in Lakewood, CA. We service the Greater Los Angeles Area, as well as the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Areas.