SEER Rating Facts
When shopping for a new air conditioner it is important to understand SEER ratings and what it means for your home. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a rating that determines the ratio of the cooling output of your air conditioner over the season. That number is then divided by the energy it consumes in watts per hour. A new air conditioner typically features a SEER of 13 to 14, with some units going as high as 21 to 25.
Here is some useful information about SEER ratings:
- How SEER is Determined: Air conditioners are subjected to energy efficiency tests, which are overseen by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). These tests assume an average outdoor temperature of 82 degrees and the indoor temperature of 80 degrees.
- Higher SEER Equals a More Efficient Unit: The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your unit will be. For example, a unit with a SEER of 16 is almost 60 percent more efficient than a model with a SEER of only 10.
- States Minimums: To lessen the impact on the environment, the DOE determines the minimum SEER ratings.
While the more efficient, higher SEER rated units, cost more, it is a logical investment for your home. A high-SEER unit is cost effective and eventually pays for itself with less energy consumption and greater annual savings on cooling costs.
If you are ready to upgrade your air conditioner and want to explore your options for a new energy-efficient air conditioner, contact the experts at Royal Air. Our team will provide you with a free estimate and help you find a unit that is environmentally friendly and fits your budget.
Request your estimate for a new system or give us a call at 732-409-3322 to schedule a consultation.