With all the technical stats available for an air conditioning system, it may seem impossible for anyone but a trained professional HVAC installer to understand what a new AC is capable of doing. Although you should always rely on professionals when it comes to standard or ductless air conditioning installation in Lynnwood, WA, there are a few stats you should know about from the beginning, particularly SEER, “seasonal energy efficiency rating.” Always check the SEER on any new AC you are considering for installation, since it will give you an idea of how much you can expect to pay to run the air conditioner.
We’ll explain what SEER measures and why it’s important. Skilled installers, like those at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc., can assist with narrowing down your choices so you’ll end up with the best possible system for your home: one that will provide you with effective cooling coupled with energy savings.
What An Air Conditioner’s SEER Means
The seasonal energy efficiency rating of an AC is a measure of how efficiently the system converts electrical power into cooling power. The rating is the ratio of the amount of cooling it provides (in BTUs) to the amount of energy consumed (in watt-hours) as averaged across a season. (The EER, energy efficiency rating, measures the results of a single test.) The higher the SEER, the more energy-efficiently it will run.
In order for an air conditioning system to earn the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. Department of Energy, it must have a SEER of 14.5 or greater. Some special high-efficiency air conditioners can score SEER of 18 or more. In general, units with higher SEER will cost more to install, so make sure that you’ll receive the maximum benefits from a system before choosing it. Just because a system has high SEER doesn’t mean that it is the best option for your home: it might be undersized or oversized, both of which will result in energy drain that can offset the savings from energy efficiency.
To make sure that you have an air conditioning installed in your home that will live up to the promise of its SEER rating, have professional installers help you pick out the unit. They will be able to tell if an air conditioner can provide you with sufficient levels of cooling to keep you comfortable so you will get the most from its efficient capability.
G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. has more than 35 years of experience with standard and ductless air conditioning installation services in Lynnwood, WA. Call us when you’re ready for superior energy efficiency and comfort from a new cooling system.