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What is a SEER Rating?

Summer hits us hard here in the Inland Empire, and residents of Moreno Valley, CA need to make sure their air conditioner is up to snuff before those heat waves hit. If your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to consider a replacement, and if you’ve already decided to purchase a new system, congratulations! You’ll feel the difference when our first 100+ degree day kicks in. Among the things you should look for is a unit with the high SEER rating: as high as you can get while still matching your output requirements for your home. What is a SEER rating and how does it affect you? We’ve provided a brief discussion to provide some answers.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which measure the amount of cooling power produced against the amount of energy the air conditioner consumes. The higher the rating, the more cooling output it generates compared to the fuel consumption. Federal standards dictate that no new air conditioner have a SEER rating lower than 13, but older units may be much lower than that, and window units are exempt from those standards. Higher-end units can have a SEER rating as high as 18 or 20, and the U.S. Department of Energy uses their EnergyStar sticker – denoting units with a SEER rating for 14.5 or higher.

Picking the Right One

The right system is the most effective one – in other worse the one with the higher SEER rating – in a size and format that fits your home. Don’t prioritize SEER ratings over power output, or you might end up with an underpowered or overpowered) unit, which will negate the benefits of higher efficiency. The EnergyStar sticker is a good shorthand to use in the event you need an easy means of resolving the issue.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning today for more on SEER ratings.

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