As AC replacement and repair season draws near, we begin to answer more and more homeowners’ questions about SEER ratings and how they affect the type of air conditioner they should install. SEER is an important factor to consider when replacing your unit, but not the only consideration when it comes to proper air conditioning fit at home.
What is SEER?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is defined using a mathematical formula: dividing the total cooling output in a cooling season by the total electrical output in that same cooling season; so, the higher the SEER, the more efficient your air conditioner.
However, choosing the correct SEER rating for your home is not as easy as picking the air conditioner with the highest SEER. Additional factors should be considered when performing an AC replacement.
When determining SEER, an average summer temperature of 28 degrees Celsius is used. If the summer climate in your area is significantly warmer or cooler than 28 degrees, the efficiency of your AC replacement could be different than the SEER rating. Determining how the local climate will affect SEER ratings, your overall comfort and monthly energy bills is an important reason to use a certified, professional HVAC installer.
Condition of the Home
A high-efficiency air conditioner will not work as expected if your home is not properly insulated. A high SEER rating will not overcome the problem of cool air escaping your home because of a lack of insulation. The condition of your ductwork can also impact the efficiency of your air conditioner unit—improperly sealed ducts will allow cool air to escape before reaching the rooms they are supposed to cool, thus decreasing the overall efficiency of your air conditioner. A professional air conditioner installer will be able to assess the state of your home and provide recommendations to increase your home’s efficiency and which ac unit will provide the best home comfort.
SEER ratings are an important consideration when performing AC replacement, but are not the only factor to take into account when replacing your unit. A certified HVAC professional will perform a detailed analysis of your home to ensure that the correct air conditioner is installed to meet your needs and keep your monthly energy bills low.
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