When it comes to your HVAC system, you want to make sure that very thing is in the best working order and you are getting a quality unit and overall brand. In order to do this, you need to know more about how yours and many of the HVAC units in the market are rated.
The SEER (which stands for Seasonal Efficiency Energy Ratio) rating basically measures the total electric energy input during the same period of time it divides the cooling output of a normal cooler season. If your unit has a higher SEER rating, it will be a more energy efficient (and ultimately cost effective) HVAC system. Regardless of your residential or business needs, a more efficient SEER rating can prevent things like unexpected AC repairs, too often HVAC inspections, and preventable AC replacements.
“When buying an air conditioner, look for a model with a high efficiency. Central air conditioners are rated according to their seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). SEER indicates the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. Many older systems have SEER ratings of 6 or less.
If your air conditioner is old, consider buying an energy-efficient model. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels— qualified central units are about 15% more efficient than standard models. New residential central air conditioner standards went into effect on January 1, 2015; see the efficiency standards for central air conditioners for details, and consider purchasing a system with a higher SEER than the minimum for greater savings.” (Source)
Now, to understand what a higher SEER rating means for your electric bill, you need to take a look at your current energy usage. When the seasons change, your energy bill fluctuates. By learning more about the SEER rating and how it pertains to your overall usage, you can save a significant amount of money on your utility bill, up to 75% reduction in energy waste. In order to understand the ratings system better, you can think of the usage of energy as a car uses MPG. If you continually run your AC, you run the risk of wearing out your system, while running your system at a minimum can keep your system like new for much longer. In reality, it is more likely that the seasonal changes and amount of traffic in and out of your home will affect your energy usage, and ultimately your energy bill.
The ideal range for a SEER rating is about 15 and higher, which helps you AC unit perform its best and most efficient through every season and despite any temperature changes. The higher the SEER rating, the less likely it will need to be replaced before its warranty expires, the less energy used (or wasted), and the less professional services will be needed throughout the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
Now that you know a little bit about SEER ratings, you can speak to your local and trusted HVAC technician and get started on getting the right HVAC system for you and your family. Your electric bill will be reduced and your wallet will thank you once you get your new HVAC unit up and running!