What is SEER? (and what you need to know about SEER requirements)
When considering repairing or replacing that old air conditioning unit, it is vital to consider two things about the new SEER requirements: the new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulations on air conditioning units and the SEER.
So, what is SEER? The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the rating of the efficiency of air conditioning units. The performance of your cooling and heating system is determined in a large part by your HVAC equipment’s operating efficiency.
The SEER rating of a unit is the cooling output during a typical cooling-season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period.
In the U.S., the SEER is the ratio of cooling in British thermal unit (BTU) to the energy consumed in watt-hours. The more cooling/heating a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher rating it will receive. The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume…that means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment.
That’s pretty simple: SEER requirements means the higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the air conditioning unit – and that will keep you more comfortable and save you money.
As of January 1, 2015, there are new SEER standards from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the U.S. The new Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standards will be enforced for air conditioners and heat pumps installed on or after January 1, 2015; however, standards differ by region. For the Southwest, the new standards require a SEER rating of (at least) 14 SEER for Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps.
Many experts in the field recommend a 16 SEER unit for the Southwest, where air conditioning units run longer during the warm season than in other parts of the country.
Another option is the use of a heat-pump. Heat Pumps, often used in moderate climates to heat and cool a home, are rated by a Heating and Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). Heat Pumps use the difference between outdoor and indoor air temperatures to cool and heat your home much like standard air conditioners do. The difference is that Heat Pumps can cycle in both directions and can therefore provide cooling in the summer months and heating in the winter.
Whether using an air conditioning unit, or a heat pump, it is important for you to understand these new standards before you make any decision about YOUR heating and cooling needs. Contact a specialist at Air and Water Factor Cooling, Heating and Plumbing to meet with you to discuss YOUR needs and YOUR best option!
Benefits Of Having Your AC Unit Regularly Maintained
If you are ready to be proactive about keeping your home, your pets, and your family healthy and cool this summer, our technicians are trained and ready to help! Call us anytime at (480) 706-3333 to discuss your home’s HVAC maintenance options. At Air and Water Factor it is our privilege to serve you and we are dedicated to providing consistently honest, prompt, and high quality service to meet your every need.
Also – read our blog post about “Top Benefits Of Having Your AC Unit Regularly Maintained” for more useful info!
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