by Lambert Plumbing and Heating in Vancouver on April 3, 2015

What Does the SEER Rating on Your AC Unit Mean? 

 

Vancouver SEER RatingIf you are in the market for a new AC unit, then the SEER number is something to which you will want to pay close attention. This number is a direct reflection of the unit’s efficiency, and knowing how to use this number to your advantage can save you money over time.

What Is a SEER Rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and while it might seem complicated at first, it’s actually quite simple to understand. The efficiency of your air conditioner is measured by calculating the cooling output during a typical cooling season in your climate divided by the total electric energy put into the unit during the same season. The resulting number is known as the SEER rating.

How Does the Rating Affect Energy Consumption?

The SEER rating associated with an air conditioner has a direct effect on energy consumption. The higher the number, the more efficiently the air conditioner will work and the more money you will save on cooling costs. Thus, a unit with a high SEER rating can produce the most cooled air with the least amount of energy. A unit with a lower SEER rating will need to use more energy to produce the same amount of cooled air, costing you more money over time.

Why Is the SEER Rating Important when Choosing a New AC Unit?

Vancouver Energy SavingPart of purchasing a new AC unit involves making a wise choice that will serve you well for years to come. These days, there are discounts and rebates available to homeowners who purchase energy-efficient AC units, and annual energy savings speak for themselves. What’s more, the federal government mandates that all AC units installed after January 2006 have a SEER rating of at least 13 although there is equipment available with a rating as high as 23.

When purchasing an air conditioner, it is important to pay close attention to the SEER rating. The higher the SEER number, the more you can expect to save on energy in the long run and the better the unit is for the environment as a whole.

Go green with energy and money saving HVAC units. Call the experts of Lambert Home Comfort at  (604) 734-0890 to make your Vancouver area home more efficient today. 

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