If you’re considering a new air conditioning installation or an air conditioning replacement during the summer, it helps to know a bit about how air conditioning efficiency ratings work. Armed with this information, you’ll have a better idea of how much you can expect to pay to operate the new system over the summers. However, you must still call on professional installers to do the actual work. They will not only handle the installation job, they’ll help make certain that you select the right type of unit that will actually be able to deliver the energy savings you’re looking for.
SEER: How Air Conditioner Efficiency Is Measured
The key efficiency statistic to know when it comes to air conditioners is SEER, which stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” It’s the ratio of the amount of cooling an air conditioning unit puts out in BTUs to the amount of electricity consumed in watt-hours. SEER is measure over an entire season, not over a single test, so it takes into account shifts in temperature and humidity that will affect efficiency. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiently the air conditioner converts electrical power into cooling.
What Range of SEER Is Best?
In order for an air conditioner to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. government, it must have a SEER of at least 15. (This is a recent change implemented at the beginning of 2016.) There are special high-efficiency units that can score much higher than this, such as 22 SEER.
But don’t simply purchase the highest SEER air conditioner you can find and let it go at that. If you get an AC that is the wrong size for your home, the highest SEER rating in the world won’t end up saving you money. Let HVAC technicians assist you with finding the right system both for comfort and lowering your energy bills.
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