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What the SEER Number Means for your New Air Conditioner

One of the benefits of replacing an aging and/or malfunctioning air conditioner is gaining better energy efficiency. The best way to assess how energy efficient your new system will operate is by first reviewing and understanding its SEER number. Just as a car shows energy usage information through MPG, an air conditioning system does the same with SEER. Your air conditioning replacement in Worcester County should offer you increased comfort, better performance and increased energy efficiency, and with help from a Basnett Plumbing & Heating expert, you can install a new AC that can achieve all of these things for you and your home.

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating and it appears on all air conditioning labels.

How Is SEER Calculated?

The SEER number is calculated by measuring the amount of cool air that the air conditioner puts out for every unit of energy it consumes. The scale for SEER is 1 to 23, with higher SEER ratings equaling better energy efficiency. One thing to understand about SEER numbers is that a higher SEER number doesn’t cool your home more than a lower one; rather, a higher SEER number will cool your home the same as a lower SEER number, but do it with less energy, so it will cost you less.

What Are Current SEER Standards?

Minimum SEER ratings are mandated by the federal government, and the current minimum for an air conditioner of any size is 13; this is a change from 2006, when the law had a minimum SEER of 10.

What Does This Mean for My AC?

First, when you purchase your new air conditioner, it will have a SEER of at least 13. However, you can purchase an air conditioning system with a higher SEER rating. Before you purchase, you want to determine what you’ll save monthly in comparison to how much you’ll spend on the purchase, because ACs with higher efficiency ratings are more expensive to purchase. estimates that each SEER point higher can be as much as a 10% decrease in annual energy costs. As such, an AC with a SEER of 16 can save you upwards of 30% on monthly energy expenditures. However, you want to balance this savings with the cost to purchase to determine how long it will be before you recoup your initial out-of-pocket expenses.

Always Work With a Professional

Determining how SEER factors into your new air conditioning replacement in Worcester County can be confusing, so it’s best to work with a trained specialist who can help you. Call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has been helping customers install new AC systems since 1987, and we can help you with yours from start to finish.

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