The more efficient your air conditioner, the less energy it’ll use to cool your home in Pensacola, Florida. As a result, it won’t have to work as hard, and you’ll avoid paying high repair and energy costs. The higher an air conditioner’s efficiency, though, the costlier the price tag. Understanding an air conditioner’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) is the first step toward finding the right system for your budget and home’s cooling needs.
How is the SEER Rating Measured?
The SEER rating measures how efficiently an air conditioner or heat pump cools. It’s calculated by dividing the cooling output for a typical summer by the total electric energy input during the same period. Think of the SEER rating as a mile per gallon measurement for a cooling system. If your air conditioner has an 18 SEER rating, that’s its maximum efficiency. It won’t always operate at that seasonal energy efficiency ratio.
You can find the SEER rating for most air conditioning systems by looking at the yellow sticker labeled “Energy Guide” on the unit. You can also find it near the top of the AC system’s manufacturer label where the serial number and model are listed.
What’s a Good SEER Rating for You?
The minimum SEER rating for air conditioners manufactured today is 14. Most systems range from 13 to 21. Higher isn’t always better, though. The efficiency of the cooling system depends on your home’s size and other factors. You’ll need a professional to perform a load calculation to determine the right sized system for your home’s cooling needs.
Are you in the market for a new air conditioning system? Don’t forget to take the system’s SEER rating into account. For professional assistance selecting and installing your new air conditioning system, contact Cutler Heating and Air at 850-208-3298 today. We’re happy to help you maximize your home’s energy efficiency and save money in the process.