What Is A SEER Rating For HVAC Equipment?
If you’re like thousands of other homeowners who have seen a major decrease in performance when it comes to your hvac system over the last year or so, it’s time to start shopping around for a new system. Sure, you could continue to rely on that old, outdated system until it finally shuts down for good, but that could leave you in a world of trouble. You’re better off investing in a new system that’s more reliable and more energy efficient than that old clunker you currently have in the house. But before you begin your search, it’s vital to understand what a SEER rating is.
What Is A SEER Rating?
Put simply, SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a measure of how energy efficient an hvac system is which is calculated by dividing the total electric energy input by the system’s output during a given time period.
You can think of it like the miles per gallon you get in your car. Your vehicle might have a maximum miles per gallon rating of 30mpg under optimal performance conditions, but it could be less if you’re stuck in traffic. With an hvac system, the SEER could be 18, and that means that’s the maximum efficiency for the system.
The SEER Rating Scale
Generally speaking, the SEER scale ranges from 13 to 21, with 13 being the lowest rating (or least energy efficient) and 21 being the highest (or most energy efficient).
You may be familiar with ENERGY STAR, and any system with the ENERGY STAR label must have a SEER rating of 14.5 or higher to qualify.
With all of that said, there are lots of variables that go into determining how efficient your hvac system is. Some of the variables include the size of your house, the condition of your current ductwork, the location of your home and system maintenance, among other things.
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