We live in Riverside, CA, which means that our air conditioners are one of the most important parts of our households. Without them, we’re left at the mercy of triple digit temperatures every summer, turning comfortable homes and businesses into ovens. When you’re in the market for a new system, you want one that will do the job as efficiently as possible. That’s where the Energy Star label comes in: a fast and convenient way to point out particularly efficient air conditioners and help make your purchasing decision less stressful. What does the Energy Star label mean for your air conditioner? Here’s a quick breakdown.
The SEER Rating
The Energy Star label is given to units which have a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14 or higher, 14.5 or higher if you have a split system instead of a centralized system. The SEER rating measures how efficiently your air conditioner does its job: that is, how much cooling energy it puts out measured against how much energy it consumes. The higher the rating, the less energy it needs to do its job and the more money you’ll save in monthly bills.
The Energy Star Rating
The U.S. Government uses the Energy Star rating to inform the public about products that are particularly energy efficient. Since 2006, all air conditioners sold in the U.S. must have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. Air conditioners with the Energy Star rating need to have a SEER rating of 14 or higher, or 14.5 if they’re split systems. It helps separate systems that barely meet the requirements from those that can do their job better and keep those summer expenses down.
If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, call the pros at Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today for great advice and fantastic service!