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What do SEER Ratings have to do with my Air Conditioning System?
When looking at air conditioning equipment, whether you are putting in a brand new HVAC system for the first time or are replacing an older setup, you undoubtedly will run across the term SEER in the marketing materials and equipment descriptions.
In case you’re not familiar with SEER, you should know that it stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s important for business owners and homeowners to have an understanding of what SEER ratings are and what they have to do with their air conditioning system.
Understanding SEER Ratings and Energy Star
The standards for SEER ratings are developed and maintained by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. HVAC professionals calculate and take note of SEER ratings, which show you the amount of energy needed to achieve a certain level of cooling in your home or workplace. Higher SEER ratings indicate better energy efficiency.
The current standard for AC equipment is a SEER rating of 13 or more, and it is 30% more energy efficient than the previous minimum SEER rating of 10 (units made before 2006).
SEER ratings were created for professional HVAC technicians and you do not need to become an expert on the details of the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio because the team at Ardmore Fresh Air is standing by to assist you in your purchase.
To help consumers and business owners in picking an efficient new AC system, the Environmental Protection Agency devised its Energy Star program. More than 330,000 homeowners in the United States have improved the energy efficiency in their home with the help of Energy Star information, according to the Energy Star Home Performance page.
How to Know When to Upgrade Your Air Conditioning System
The U.S. government has a vested interest in reducing pollution and promoting ways for the nation to use less energy. As we become more energy efficient, the nation also reduces its dependence on other countries as sources of fossil fuel. This means each time a homeowner installs newer and more efficient HVAC equipment, we are getting closer to a greener and healthier planet.
Experts from the Department of Energy have determined that if you replace an older HVAC system (10 years old or more) with a newer, more efficient system, you can save as much as 40% on energy used to keep your building cool all summer long.
So, if you didn’t install the HVAC equipment in your home and you have been living there for close to a decade already, the time is ripe for replacement with a new state-of-the-art air conditioning system. Even if the equipment is less than a decade old, you may not have access to all the service and maintenance records from work done by the previous owner of your home. If you have any doubts, a technician can come and inspect your setup and advise you on a path to upgrade the system.
Paying attention to the SEER ratings of various air conditioning models when picking which one to install will help you do your part to protect the environment. You can also expect to see lower utility bills while having the feeling of satisfaction that you are doing your part to reduce energy usage and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
The team at Ardmore Fresh Air is devoted to helping customers find the perfect AC system to meet their budget and cooling needs. We would be happy to help you find equipment with a good SEER rating. For details or to get started with your new air conditioning installation, please contact us today.