Over the last decade, exciting advancements with air conditioning systems have resulted in much more energy efficient options that are saving homeowners more money as well as helping the environment. To look into just how much we’re saving, we look at a specific rating. This rating system is called the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating or Ratio, or SEER. It’s a great way to determine how much energy an air conditioning unit is exerting, whether they are operating efficiently or not operating at peak performance. Our cooling experts have put together a quick list on what you need to know about SEER to keep a comfortable temperature in your home without using (or losing) too much energy.
1. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating Is All About Efficiency
SEER tells you how efficient your cooling systems are running. It’s an important number to know as it gives you information on whether your systems need service or replacement, how harmful they are to the environment, and even how much money you are potentially wasting on an inefficient cooling system. According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute, a great resource for homeowners, the SEER calculates how much electricity is needed to run your systems, which in turn tells you how much energy you are using.
2. Higher SEERs Equals More Efficiency
To figure out the SEER of any cooling system, divide the total cooling capacity by the total electric energy input. The total cooling capacity number should only be calculated based on normal operational periods – for example, late spring to early fall, and not exceeding 12 months. Also, the total electric energy input needs to be given for the same time period as the cooling capacity in order to get an accurate SEER.
The institute says that the higher the rating, the less electricity is needed to run your air conditioner. A high SEER means your air conditioning unit is running efficiently at peak performance, saving you money and minimizing energy usage. On the contrary, if you have a low SEER, it could mean your system is old and needs replacing or is broken and needs maintenance.
3. You Can Use Your SEER to Calculate Operating Costs
You can use SEER to figure out the operating costs of your air conditioning system and see if you’re maximizing your energy savings. You should always consider asking a qualified technician for assistance in this, but it can be figured out on your own.
The following formula can be applied to find an approximate operating cost: Capacity (BTU) SEER X Hours 1000 X Electric Rate.
However, other factors must be taken into account when determining the exact cost of operating your air conditioning and find your savings, which is why a trained technician is the best way to find the most accurate number.
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PFO has been one of the area’s top leaders in cutting the impact of heating and air conditioning systems on the environment. With a high seasonal energy efficiency rating, you can minimize your impact on environment and yet remain comfortable in your home no matter what time of year. Contact Princeton Fuel at 1-800-253-9001 today to see our energy efficient and environmentally sound equipment today.