What Is High Efficiency Air Conditioning?
According to Energy Star, a high efficiency air conditioning system is any air conditioning system that achieves a SEER rating of 14 or greater and an EER rating of 12 or greater. A product that is label as “high efficiency” means that it has achieved a level of energy efficiency that has been determined by the government to significantly reduce energy consumption. In the HVAC industry the terms SEER and EER are used to measure an air conditioning systems the same way that vehicles have a gas mileage rating for both city and highway. When you increase the SEER and EER of your air conditioning system, your utility bill decreases. If your system is over 7 years old and you move to a high efficiency system, you could receive up to 40% in energy savings. The average homeowner is able to pay for their system in energy savings in less than 6 years!
What Is SEER?
SEER is defined as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This measures air conditioning efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling or heating output for the season divided by the total electrical energy input during the time frame.
What Is EER?
EER is also known as the Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the ratio of the cooling capacity of an air conditioner in British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour, to the total electrical input under certain conditions.
What SEER/EER Is Right For Me?
This question is asked by every homeowner when they are confronted with having to replace their air conditioning system. The question may sound simple, however the answer is not. This is because everyone is comfortable at different temperatures, everyone’s home isn’t the same, and some homeowner’s may have upgrades to their house like radiant barriers, extra attic insulation, new windows, and any number of other items that may improve their houses overall comfort. All this being said the vast majority of my customers have seen the “best bang for their buck” when moving from an older system to a 16 SEER, 12 EER high efficiency system. If you are researching high efficiency air conditioning and would like advice, help, or a quote please don’t hesitate to contact us.