- If you are thinking about installing or updating an air conditioner, it is important to understand how to measure the efficiency of a unit
- We call this mathematical measuring expression the “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” (SEER)
- Air conditioners with higher SEER numbers are more efficient than those with low SEER numbers
If you live in Park Lake City or Salt Lake City, then you know what the summers can be like, sometimes mild, but usually, they are pretty hot. If you are thinking about installing or updating your air conditioner, it is important to understand how to measure the efficiency of a unit. A more efficient unit may cost more initially, but it will save you money long term.
As you know, the efficiency of a heating system is measured using the ratio of the heat it creates compared to the energy it uses. In order to measure the efficiency of an air conditioner, we use a similar mathematical expression. To begin with, the cooling output of an air conditioner is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs). This number is divided by the amount of energy the air conditioner uses for the season. We call this the “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” (SEER).
Air conditioners with higher SEER numbers are more efficient than those with low SEER numbers. If you have a unit with a high SEER number, your unit will cool your home faster than lower SEER units. Additionally, a high SEER rating ensures efficient energy use, which can save you money on bills throughout the lifespan of your air conditioner.
Most units sold in the United States operate at 13 SEER, but some models are rated at 27 SEER or more. When buying your unit, look for the “Energy Star” label. These models will be more expensive at the start, but they are the most energy efficient and will save you money throughout the warmest months of the year. If you live in a hot climate, a high SEER unit is your best option. It will easily cool your home in the most efficient way possible.