There are many factors to consider when choosing a new air conditioner. One of these features is the unit’s seasonal energy efficiency ratio. Choosing an air conditioner with the right SEER rating can help you reach optimal efficiency in your Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, home.
What is a SEER Rating?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the efficiency of an AC system. The ratio is calculated by taking the cooling output over a typical season (in BTUs) divided by the amount of energy used to produce it.
Most air conditioners on the market today fall somewhere between a 13 and 25 SEER rating. A higher SEER rating indicates decreased energy use and greater efficiency. Conversely, a lower rating means that the unit requires more energy to operate and is less efficient.
How to Choose the Right SEER Rating?
Many homeowners wonder what SEER rating is best for their home. A higher SEER-rated unit will be the most efficient. But that doesn’t mean you need to buy the highest-rated unit. Instead, consider the cost of a new unit and compare it to the potential savings.
The amount of energy used and the cost of cooling will depend on additional factors. Consider the size of your house, how often you keep up with maintenance needs and the temperature at which you set your thermostat. If you have a smaller home and schedule regular HVAC maintenance, you may not need to purchase a unit with a high SEER rating. The quality of the AC system is just as important as its SEER rating. A high SEER rating in a low-quality air conditioner isn’t better than an average SEER rating in a high-quality system.
By evaluating your cooling needs and comparing the different SEER ratings, you can choose the unit that’s right for your home. If you still need help, Bass Air Conditioning Company is here to help answer all your air conditioning questions. Contact us at 910-778-1536.
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