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SEER Rating & Energy Efficiency

With the harsh Texas summer months in full force, you’re probably all-to-aware of just how much your air conditioning is costing you. While it will inevitably feel like a small price to pay as soon as you walk out your front door and are met by a wall of heat, you may still find yourself struggling with an A/C unit that is lacking in energy efficiency. If your bills are higher than ever, or if your comfort is lacking despite an air conditioning system running 24/7, now is a good time to consider the efficiency of your system.

When it comes to air conditioning systems, the SEER rating gives the best indication in terms of
how efficient (or inefficient) your system is.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is calculated by the cooling output divided by total electric energy input. Higher SEER ratings mean more efficiency. You can typically check the yellow Energy Guide on your unit to find out the rating of your current system, or look to the model number on the manufacturer label. (Models that start with “13AC,” for example, are 13 SEER.)

The current federally regulated minimum for air conditioners is 13 or 14 SEER (depending on area), but many homeowners will find that they’re working with a older system that is in the neighborhood of 8 SEER. There is a drastic difference in how these units perform, and given that the dollars are coming out of your pockets for the energy bills, you’ll feel this more than anyone!

While many other factors can go into a stellar versus a sub par A/C system — such as installation work, ducting, tonnage per square footage, and proper ventilating — SEER rating is a difference that you can feel every single month. If your home unit is struggling or you know that the system is at least 10 years old, it’s worth exploring more energy efficient options and upgrading to a higher SEER rating. We can discuss your options and equipment to meet your unique needs.


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