As concerns about the environment increase, one way everyone can easily help is by maintaining a commitment to energy efficiency. Every day in the United States alone, around one-sixth of the total electricity used goes to air condition buildings. When it comes to air conditioning, SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the means used for rating an air conditioner based on the amount of energy it uses effectively. This rating represents the amount of cool air produced (measured in BTUs per hour), to the amount of electricity used to produce that air (measured in watt-hours) and averaged over the length of the cooling season. The higher the SEER number rating given, the higher the energy efficiency of the machine. In 1992, the minimum SEER standard was 10. A law passed in January 2006 that made the minimum SEER rating 13. The increase in SEER ratings from 10 to 13 means the efficiency of air conditioners has improved a minimum of 30 percent since 2006. These days, the most efficient models can have SEER ratings of over 27!
Here are some incentives to consider for using a high-efficiency SEER system:
- Lower monthly utility bills
- Monetary rebate and incentive programs
- Environmental impact
- Greater control over indoor temperature and humidity
While we are advocates of higher efficiency systems that use less energy, save you money and provide better service, you don’t want to just buy the biggest, highest SEER-rated unit possible. It’s important to work with a reputable contractor who can properly size a system that’s the best fit for your home. Choosing equipment with a high SEER rating is the best way to increase your home’s energy efficiency for your AC unit. For more suggestions or to learn more about our Phoenix air conditioning repair and replacement services, visit our website.