SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio & You
If your air conditioner is keeping your home cool, that’s all it needs to do, isn’t it? Well, what if you could get more out of your A/C than just comfortable temperatures? With the right SEER rating, your air conditioning could cost less than it currently does. Saving on energy bills and keeping your home cool can go hand in hand.
What Does a SEER Rating Mean?
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a measurement of how efficient your air conditioner cools your home. It includes looking at the cooling output for a typical cooling season and dividing that by the total electric energy usage during that same time frame. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your air conditioner is.
Most air conditioners rate in the 13-14 range, keeping them relatively efficient but still one of the main consumers of energy in a home.
Does Improving a SEER Rating Help Me?
If your current air conditioner has a low-end SEER rating, you could greatly improve your energy costs by upgrading. It’s not as simple as finding a unit with the highest SEER rating you can. Consulting with a professional HVAC technician can help you decide what unit will give you a better SEER rating—and save you money on energy bills per month—and still provide the kind of cooling that your home needs.