Understanding Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) before an air conditioner installation is essential to ensuring the system in your Sulphur, Louisiana, home operates efficiently. Here is our Burnworth’s A/C quick guide on SEER and what it means for your indoor comfort and utility bills.
SEER is the ratio of your air conditioner’s cooling output over a typical cooling season, divided by the amount of energy used during the same period. This calculation gives you the maximum efficiency rating of your system. A higher SEER provides greater energy efficiency.
Regardless, it’s important to note this doesn’t mean your unit will work at its maximum efficiency 100% of the time. It might vary depending on the condition your unit is in, as well as its surroundings.
What’s a Good SEER Rating?
It’s important to look for an Energy Star label when looking for a new air conditioner. Most modern systems have a SEER rating between 13 and 21, while older systems can have a rating of six or even less. In Louisiana, air conditioners must meet a minimum SEER rating requirement of 14.
Unfortunately, choosing a unit with the highest rating isn’t necessarily the answer. Remember, the SEER rating on your system only represents a potential efficiency level in perfect conditions. Many factors, like the size of your home, your current ductwork, window leaks, and even whether your AC is installed correctly, will play a role in your system’s overall performance. It’s important to have a professional evaluate these factors to ensure whether your unit’s rating is right for you.
Why Is It Important?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, qualified systems with the Energy Star label tend to be up to 15% more energy-efficient than older models. Air conditioners with a higher SEER rating will ensure greater indoor comfort and help lower your energy bills.
If you are ready to schedule a new air conditioning installation or would like to learn more about SEER ratings and what’s the best one for your home, check out Burnworth’s A/C’s Trane systems or call us for more info.