What is a SEER Rating?

Air conditionerWhen looking for a new air conditioner or heat pump for your Hastings area home, you may be overwhelmed with the options available. On top of size, brand and type is something called a SEER rating. 
 
So what is SEER and what does it mean for your home? Glad you asked.
 
The Purpose of SEER
SEER was established as an industry standard to compare the energy efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. It stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is similar to how MPG (miles per gallon) is used to rate a vehicle’s efficiency. In general, the higher the SEER rating of a particular heat pump or air conditioner, the more efficient it will be cooling your home.

How SEER is Calculated
The SEER rating of air conditioners and heat pumps is calculated by dividing the amount of cooling supplied during the cooling season (summer) by the amount of energy used to produce the cooling over the same period. Air conditioners and heat pumps are tested in a laboratory where external conditions can be managed to ensure each unit is tested under the same circumstances.
 
The Rating Scale
Currently all air conditioning systems manufactured since 2006 must be SEER 13 or higher. This replaced the previous federal minimum of SEER 10 and represents about a 30% increase in efficiency. There is currently cooling equipment with SEER 21 to SEER 23.
 
How SEER Translates to Savings
According to Energy Savers, if your air conditioner is 10-years old or older, you can save as much 20-40% on your air conditioning bills each year by upgrading to a newer, more efficient unit.  
 
Other Energy Efficiency Considerations
While the SEER rating is important, there are a number of things that can affect the energy efficiency of your new air conditioner or heat pump. Getting the right size unit, proper installation and a matching system will maximize your energy savings.
 
If you are looking for a new air conditioner or heat pump for your Hastings, MN area home and would like some expert guidance, schedule a free estimate with O’Connor’s One Hour Air Conditioning online today.

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