When choosing heating and cooling equipment for your home, pay attention to the energy ratings each appliances receives. For air conditioners and heat pumps, look for the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. Understanding what a SEER rating is and how it works allows you to select the best appliances for your Spring City, Pennsylvania, home. Now that fall has arrived, start thinking about whether to replace your AC before spring.
What Is the SEER Rating?
The SEER rating describes the ratio between the amount of energy required to cool your home during normal temperature conditions and the amount of energy the appliance consumes. In other words, it compares the energy input and output, which means that it helps you decide which air conditioner or heat pump will cool your home most efficiently.
When shopping for air conditioners, you’ll see the SEER rating expressed in numbers from 13 to 25, with higher numbers typically describing more efficient products. Manufacturers are required to produce models with SEER ratings of at least 13, but units older than 2006 might be much less efficient (e.g. 6 to 10 SEER).
Are Higher SEER Ratings Always Better?
Appliances with higher SEER ratings typically cost more because they offer more energy savings. The most expensive HVAC unit might not represent the best purchase option for your family, however, depending on your lifestyle, location, and budget concerns.
Whether you’re choosing an air conditioner by itself or a heat pump to both heat and cool your home, look for the SEER rating as you shop for your HVAC system. The more you understand about its energy efficiency, the easier it becomes to save money.
If you’re ready to buy an HVAC system or if you need your current system serviced, call New Age Air at 610-482-4498.
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