Energy efficiency is one of the most sought-after qualities in modern home appliances, including heating and air conditioning systems. One of the ways to determine an air conditioner’s energy efficiency is the S.E.E.R rating. The plumbers and HVAC specialists at J & J Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling in Tallmadge, OH, explain what this rating is and why a highly-rated system is a worthy investment.
What Is a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio?
S.E.E.R stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s somewhat similar to EER, or Energy Efficiency Ration, which assumes the system remains at a consistent temperature at all times. The SEER, in comparison, represents the average efficiency of the unit. The SEER is typically more accurate when comparing the energy efficiency of different air conditioners since most systems are set at varying temperatures throughout the year. However, when trying to evaluate average energy costs, the EER may be a better point of reference. The SEER compares the unit’s cooling output with its energy consumption. A higher SEER rating indicates better efficiency, and the required SEER level for AC units is 13 in the U.S. To be qualified as an Energy Star unit, it must have a rating of 14.5 or higher.
Should You Upgrade to a Unit With a Better SEER Rating?
Most systems produced in the mid-1980s or earlier have low SEER ratings of eight or less, meaning they consume 30% to 50% more energy to produce the same amount of cool air as modern units. Upgrading to a new, energy-efficient system could cut your energy bill by up to 50%, saving you hundreds of dollars each year. Even upgrading components, such as the duct sealing, can boost energy-efficiency and the SEER rating. Energy-efficient upgrades often come with tax incentives as well. Furthermore, continually repairing an old unit isn’t cost-effective. If your system is inefficient or requires frequent repairs, it’s best for your wallet and the environment to invest in a new one.
If you’re a Summit County resident, speak with the plumbers and air conditioning service experts at J & J Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling about your home’s energy efficiency. They’ll inspect your appliances, including air conditioners, boilers, and water heaters to let you know which improvements should be made. For years, they’ve been the area’s go-to plumbers and HVAC specialists, known for their reliability and integrity. Call (330) 688-1220 to speak with a friendly team member, or visit the website to learn more.