SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It describes the amount of money and energy an air conditioner will consume in a year’s time. The Department of Energy requires all new air conditioning units to meet some standard efficiency guidelines. How well a unit performs determines its SEER rating. Most options go far beyond the minimum requirements. While they cost more up front, they will usually pay for themselves in terms of energy savings, especially around El Paso, Texas.
Compare Apples to Apples
The idea behind SEER ratings is that they allow homeowners to compare systems easily. The ratings give you an instant idea of how one unit’s efficiency stacks up next to another, as long as you understand the simple numbered system. If you’ve never seen the SEER rating system before, you might find it strange that the numbers range from 13 to 25.
Take Note of Best Practices
As of 2006, the Department of Energy states that no manufacturer can sell a unit with a SEER rating less than 13. Many older units have a SEER rating below this number, which is terribly inefficient, especially considering what’s on the market today. Additionally, in some states, the new minimum has been raised to 14. Fortunately, it’s easy and smart to opt for higher ratings.
Higher Ratings are Better
You should have an easy enough time figuring out which unit is the best option thanks to a simple rule of thumb: the higher, the better. The higher a SEER rating is for a unit, the more efficiently it operates. As a result, you pay less to operate it than a lower-SEER system.
The rating itself comes from a calculation of the unit’s average performance. It’s based on how much cool air a unit puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. The less energy a system uses to cool down a room, the higher its rating.
Time for an upgrade? The Home Systems Heating & Cooling can help by providing expert guidance in selecting a system and professional installation to bring it into your home. Give us a call today at (915) 858-4141.
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