The HVAC world is filled with acronyms. HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning. While most people know that one, it’s not very helpful when you aren’t familiar with an acronym. In this post, we’ll discuss the SEER rating.
What is SEER?
The SEER rating is a number listed on those yellow Energy Guide stickers that accompany air conditioning units. SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. It’s basically a formula to determine the efficiency of your appliance. In a nutshell, it’s the cooling output, divided by the energy output. The “seasonal” part of the equation means that the system considers the number of hot and cold days over a typical “season.” A high rating means high efficiency. High efficiency means more bang for your buck. Easy, right?
An air conditioner’s SEER rating ranges from about 13 to 25. Modern systems, are already quite a bit more efficient than an older unit. Older A/C units may commonly have a rating of only 7 or 8. Similar to the miles-per-gallon on a car, the SEER rating represents the efficiency output in optimum conditions. So output and performance could vary based on conditions and usage.
Buying Your Next HVAC Unit
So what’s the real value of an increased SEER rating? Is it worth purchasing a more expensive unit with a higher rating? High-end units will be more efficient and save you money in the long run. In places like Texas, where every summer is long and hot, a quality A/C unit is probably worth it.
If you’re ready to make the call, contact the Bosworth Company – Kerrville at 830-428-2764 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll match you with the model to fit your budget, and our experts will install it for maximum efficiency. The Bosworth Company. Worth the Call. Always.