What does SEER mean? SEER is defined as Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. SEER indicates the amount of energy that is needed to supply a certain cooling output. In addition, SEER is a seasonal average; one that is measured over a range of conditions. In comparison, EER is measured at one set of conditions.
It is important to note that central air conditioners and heat pumps are usually rated according to their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Residential air conditioners, as of January 2006, must have a SEER of at least 13 to be sold in the U.S.
Keep in mind, central air conditioners that are more efficient provide greater energy savings. For example, by upgrading you can reduce the power consumption by at least a third and save up several hundred dollars a year; depending on you much energy you use and the cost of electricity.
There are benefits of higher efficiency systems, those that have higher SEER ratings such as lower utility bills. Another benefit is rebates. In addition, there are many ways you can save with government incentives and rebates. When you take advantage of these offers, a high efficiency model may cost you about the same as a standard unit.
Of course, with a more efficient system, less energy is used and that means that your model will put out fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Most importantly, high efficiency systems not only keep the air at a comfortable and preferred temperature, they also take away moisture from the air and do it effectively. Some don’t know that more updated systems run longer cycles at lower pressures, which cools the air comfortably. In addition, air that cools down too fast and without removing moisture properly, can lead to airborne problems like mold.
To conclude, knowing about SEER and how it can maintain the air quality in your home more efficiently and comfortably is information that can save you money, provide a system that is more efficient and save even more with government incentives and rebates. Call us for all your home HVAC needs. Find out how we can help you today!
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