Air Conditioning Season Coming Soon!!
What your A/C SEER rating actually means ?
When an HVAC unit works efficiently, it will consume less energy as it makes your home feel comfortable. A factor that helps you determine an air conditioner’s efficiency is its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating. In general, the higher the rating, the more efficient the cooling equipment is. Each state has a minimum SEER rating standard for new air conditioning units, which is 13 or 14 SEER.  Understanding what this rating means for you before an A/C installation will help you make an informed decision about the cooling unit that best meets your needs.
How SEER Ratings Affect Your A/C Unit
Before an A/C installation, keep in mind that a SEER rating indicates the unit’s maximum potential. This means that when a unit states that it has a value of 21 SEER, for example, the rating can be as high as 21 SEER. It will not always perform at 21 SEER because the laws of thermodynamics limit the rating. Various factors affect an air conditioner’s efficiency and performance, including sun exposure, outdoor temperatures, thermostat settings, building envelope and mechanical problems.
SEER ratings are variable, which means that HVAC units with the highest SEER values may not save you money in the future or “pay for themselves.” If equipment rated at 21 SEER performs at an average of 15 SEER, it may be wiser to save money and purchase an A/C with a lower SEER rating. An HVAC specialist can help you determine the most appropriate SEER rating for your new A/C unit using special equations that average the maximum Energy Efficiency Raito (EER) over the range of expected seasonal temperatures. In general, good SEER values for residential air conditioners are 14 to 16.
While SEER ratings are an important factor when buying an air conditioner, it is also necessary to consider:
* Your budget
* The size of your home
* The size of the air conditioning unit and its air handling capacity; a specialist will tell you the exact size you need
* Your area’s climate
* The length of the cooling season
* The amount of time you spend at home
* The number of hours you plan to use the A/C per day
* The indoor temperatures that you prefer
* EER ratings
* Quiet operations
* The presence of fan-only switches, which would allow you to circulate air in your home without conditioning it
* Automatic-delay fan switch that turns off the fan shortly after the compressor turns off
* Ease of maintenance
* Lifetime costs, including energy, maintenance and repairs
* A unit’s quality and life expectancy
* The manufacturer’s history of reliability
* Warranty terms