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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What Exactly Is A SEER Rating?

The acronym SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is a rating system developed by the U.S. Department of Energy.  Its sole purpose is to guide consumers in determining the energy efficiency of air conditioning units.  Knowing the energy efficiency of your air conditioner is half the battle when it comes to reducing your energy usage.

To calculate the energy efficiency of an air conditioner, the SEER rating system measures the cooling output of the unit with the total amount of electricity it uses during an entire season.  The higher the energy efficiency, the lower it costs you to run it, viz-a-vi  the higher the SEER rating of the unit, the more energy efficient it is.  Federal law now requires that all new a/c units have a minimum SEER rating of 13, Energy Star units must have a minimum SEER rating of 14.

With the benefit of SEER ratings, you can more easily choose the most energy efficient a/c unit to fit your needs and your wallet and/or purse.  With the rising costs of energy usage, you can't afford not to know about getting the most from your heating and a/c system.  Environmental's salesperson John Van Orden is here to answer all of your questions about purchasing a new system as well as any other questions you may have.  It's Environmental's goal to give you the most knowledge possible about your heating and air system so you can make the best decision when it comes to purchasing a new unit for your home.