Efficiency impacts a lot when it comes to your air conditioning system. When purchasing a new unit, many homeowners explore efficiency ratings, helping them determine the air conditioner’s initial cost, as well as ongoing energy costs. An air conditioner’s measure of efficiency is known as SEER – let’s take a look at what that means, and what that means for the Cincinnati homeowner.
What is SEER?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating measures the air conditioner’s efficiency, calculating the unit’s cooling output for the season divided by its total electricity use over the same time.
The higher the air conditioner’s SEER rating, the more energy efficient it is. Air conditioner manufacturers must follow federal regulations as to the minimum SEER rating which can be offered – this is 13 or 14 SEER, depending on your location. Today’s high-efficiency air conditioners go as high as 25 SEER.
Choosing the Right SEER for Your Home
Choosing the right SEER rating for your Cincinnati home isn’t as simple as selecting off a list. Many factors are considered to determine how efficiently an air conditioner will operate in your home – the SEER rating offers energy efficiency under optimal conditions. Factors including your home’s insulation, quality of duct system, and others could cause an air conditioner to offer performance under the SEER rating you expect.
Also, the SEER rating of an air conditioner generally affects the unit’s price. Units with higher SEER ratings typically have a higher price tag than those with lower ratings. Even so, the energy saved by a higher SEER unit can make up for the difference in purchase price over a period of time.
The best way to find the right SEER rating for your home is to work with a qualified HVAC professional. They will examine your home and help you find the best fit for your home and budget.
Nelson Comfort offers new air conditioning systems featuring a range of SEER ratings, including high-efficiency units. Contact us today to find the best fit for your home.