When you shop for new HVAC equipment, you’ll notice several different acronyms that represent the energy efficiency of the unit. For new air conditioners, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) chart is used to show how efficiently the unit uses energy to cool a home. Before you replace the air conditioner in your Ocean Isle Beach or Shallotte home, learn what SEER means and why it is important to your purchase.
SEER is the HVAC industry acronym used to express the energy efficiency of a central air conditioner. SEER is a reflection of an air conditioner’s cooling output over the course of an average cooling season divided by the unit’s total electric energy input for the same period. It shows the cooling BTU (British Thermal Unit) to watt hours of energy consumption.
Minimum SEER ratings for newly manufactured air conditioners are mandated by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. New central ACs for use in the northern section of the United States must have a minimum of 14 SEER, while a new central air conditioner for use in the southern portion of the country must be at least 15 SEER. The minimum standards of the SEER rating chart have been regulated since 1992, starting with a minimum of 10 SEER for residential central air conditioners, and has increased over the years as standards have been adjusted.
While the SEER chart has mandated minimums, the highest SEER ratings continue to increase as air conditioning manufacturers strive to increase unit energy efficiency. The most energy efficient central air conditioning systems available today go up to 25 SEER.
When shopping for a new air conditioner, the SEER rating chart has a significant impact on the purchase decisions of many Wilmington homeowners. The energy efficiency of an air conditioner is important to buyers for a few key reasons.
The SEER rating chart affects costs both upfront in regards to equipment purchase price and ongoing in relation to operating costs. Buying a higher SEER air conditioner costs more upfront, but it will cost less to operate over the years than a lower SEER model. Wilmington and Calabash homeowners searching for long-term savings may choose to invest more upfront to achieve lower energy costs over the lifespan of the unit. While a lower SEER unit costs more to operate over the years, its purchase price can be much lower than a high SEER model, which many budget-conscious homeowners prefer.
When it’s time to buy a new central air conditioner for your Ocean Isle Beach or Southport home, learn how the SEER rating chart affects your choice now and in the future. A+ Heating & Cooling – Electrical offers a great selection of new air conditioning units that come with a range of SEER ratings. Our team will work with you to find the perfect balance of budget and energy efficiency – contact us today to request a free estimate.