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What do SEER Ratings Mean To You?

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 @ 11:14 AM

Today, we’re talking about SEER ratings, what they mean and how they affect your energy bills.  If you’re thinking about installing or replacing a cooling system in your home, you’ll want to pay attention to this rating.  It will impact both your system’s performance and its cost to run.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  It’s a designation established by the Department of Energy, and its purpose is to show consumers how energy efficient an air conditioning unit is.  SEER measures the ratio between the total cooling capacity of the unit over an entire season and the total electric energy it consumes during that period.  So, the figure reflects overall efficiency over an entire cooling season.

A higher SEER rating means greater efficiency and, thus, lower cost to run.  A high-efficiency A/C system can pay for itself in energy savings.laura

This chart shows the difference in energy costs between low and high SEER units.  If it costs you $100 to run your old 8 SEER A/C system, for example, it would cost you $39 to run a new 18 SEER A/C system.  Depending upon location, weather and usage pattern, for many people, a 40% reduction in energy costs is well worth the extra initial cost of these high-efficiency units.  If you’re not sure which one is right for your home, contact us.  Federal minimum efficiency standards now mandate that all new A/C units be at least 13 SEER, and Energy Star units must be at least 14 SEER in order to have that designation.  We can go over your options, and discuss your purchase and installation price compared to energy savings over time.

SEER ratings make it easier to choose wisely when it comes to purchasing a new energy-efficient A/C system.  With the growing concern about energy costs, everyone is looking to reduce both their monthly bills and usage.  Knowing what SEER ratings are and how they can affect your energy consumption helps you control costs and get better performance for your energy dollars.

P.K. Wadsworth services the Greater Cleveland, OH area including cities Chagrin Falls, Shaker Heights, Eastlake or anywhere in between.  To get started, check out our website.

Topics: Energy Star, SEER

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