What Does SEER Stand For?
Anyone that has gone shopping for an AC system has seen the word “SEER” printed on the energy guide attached to each system. SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. When used in conjunction with AC systems, a SEER rating is a unit’s cooling output during a cooling-season, divided by the total electric energy used during that period. The higher the SEER rating the less amount of energy the AC system will need to cool a home. Here are some reasons why your AC’s SEER rating is an important factor:
What Number is Right For You?
There’s a government mandated rule that says that all AC systems made after 2006 must have a SEER rating no lower than 13. As of Jan.1, 2015, split system ACs installed in the southeastern region of the United States, which includes Florida, must have a SEER rating of 14 or more. In Florida, where ACs are used more often, it is recommended that you buy an AC system with a 16 SEER rating. The most efficient systems today have a SEER rating of 23.
An Investment That Will Pay Off
A SEER rating of 13 and 16 may not seem that different until you’re looking at a price tag. An AC system with a high SEER rating is a big investment upfront, but it leads to having a lower energy bill each month. It is said that using an AC system with a SEER rating of 16 will save you $2,000 in operating costs over the course of that system’s lifetime.
There are environmental benefits to owning an AC system with a high SEER rating. They emit less CO2 into the air each year than other systems. Owning a system with a SEER rating of 16 in Florida is comparable to taking a few cars off the road each year or planting a few acres of forest according.
Call an AC Company Today
Investing in a new AC system requires a leap of faith. Sea Coast Air Conditioning is there to catch you by helping you determine which system is right for your home. Our technicians will install your system and offer to help maintain it throughout its life cycle. Contact us today to get started.