When comparing air conditioners, the SEER rating is just as important, along with considerations for cost and size. The SEER rating is a measure of how efficiently your air conditioner cools your home, and the subsequent impact on your energy bill.
What Exactly Does SEER Mean?
The abbreviation stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and tells you how much energy your air conditioner actually consumes on a seasonal basis in relation to the energy input. It is calculated by dividing the air conditioner’s seasonal cooling output in BTUs by the total electric energy input in Watts for that same period. By this methodology, users can determine how much energy actually uses goes toward home comfort, and how much is wasted. A higher rating means the air conditioner is more efficient.
Understanding the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and Energy Efficiency
Government regulations require air conditioners manufactured after January 23, 2006 to have a rating of 13 or higher. The previous minimum rating was 10. The energy savings are greater if a higher rating is chosen. The maximum rating can be as high as 27 with certain high-efficiency ductless air conditioning units. Homes with air conditioners that are several decades old may have an air conditioner with a rating less than 10.
Of course, as with most home comfort decisions, there is a trade-off between installation costs and future operating costs. Higher-rated air conditioners are generally more expensive to install, so it is a good to have an idea when the higher initial cost will be recuperated through lower energy costs.
United Air Conditioning carries many top-rated systems on which you can rely for comfort and efficiency. For more information about selecting the right system for your Largo area home, give us a call at 727-531-0496 , and our qualified team will be ready to assist you with your service needs.
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