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The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

Apr 3, 2015

What Does the SEER Rating on Your AC Unit Mean?


Greenwood Heating As experts, we receive questions all of the time concerning air conditioning units. Some of these questions relate to the mysterious number known as the SEER rating. The following are three of the most common questions we hear.

What Does the SEER Rating on Your AC Unit Mean?

You may have noticed that your air conditioning unit has a SEER rating on it, and wondered exactly what this means. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is a performance number.

Although the calculation of this number is complex, a simple explanation of it is that it is a measure of the coolness that the AC unit produces relative to the electricity it requires to accomplish this.

How Does this Rating Affect Your Energy Consumption?

It is easy to get an idea of how cold the air is produced by an AC unit; you need only put your hand on the output of the unit. However, how much electricity it takes to produce this cold air is going to affect the cost of running the unit. For this reason, the SEER number is a measurement of the efficiency of the unit. The higher the SEER number, the more energy efficient the unit will be.

Why is it Important to Know When Considering a New HVAC Unit?

These numbers are an important guide to shopping for an AC unit. Your selection of the power handling capability will depend upon how large of a space you are attempting to keep cool. Larger units are needed for a larger living space.

However, once you know the approximate size of the AC unit you need, you can then begin to compare the SEER numbers and select the more efficient models, so your utility bill will be kept as low as possible.

Greenwood SEER Rating As you can see from the information above, looking at the SEER number alone, although valuable, is not enough information. You first must decide on the size of the unit.

We have a great deal of knowledge and experience with all of the latest efficient models on the market and can help you select the best AC unit for your home.

If you are thinking of replacing your older AC unit, we can help you compare the efficiency of your existing AC unit with a new model and help you understand how much money you can save on your electric bill with a new AC unit.

Go green with energy and money saving HVAC units. Call the experts of Johnson Heating & Cooling at (317) 881-7738 to make your Greenwood area home more efficient today.

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