There are many ways to determine an air conditioner’s energy efficiency, but a common metric is a unit’s SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio or Rating. It is calculated as the ratio of the cooling output of a unit to the Watt-hours of energy that it uses over the same period of time. A high SEER rating means that your air conditioner can produce a lot of cool air with a low amount of energy.
The SEER value of an air conditioner is calculated using an array of outside temperatures representing an entire cooling season. The temperatures used for the testing range from 60 degrees to 120 degrees. The SEER value is the best efficiency that a system can provide.
Benefits of a High SEER Rating
High SEER ratings can keep your energy bills as low as possible. To help save energy, the U.S. Department of Energy requires that air conditioners have different SEER requirements in different climates. Places where air conditioners are used frequently require a higher SEER rating. For example, an air conditioner in the desert southwest needs to have a minimum SEER rating of 14, while a unit in the north can be lower.
What’s a Good SEER Value?
You can expect most modern air conditioners to have a SEER value between 13 and 25. Older units can be much lower, in the 8 to 9 range. Upgrading an older unit to one with a higher SEER value could be a great investment in your property.
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