SEER Ratings for Air Conditioners
Each air conditioner will receive a rating based on a standard efficiency test. This test is designed by the Department of Energy. The tests assume an outdoor temperature of 82 degrees should have an indoor temperature of 80 degrees. It should also have a relative humidity of 50 percent indoors. Going off this rating system, an air conditioner with 16 SEER rating is 60 percent more efficient than one with a 10 SEER rating. Be aware other factors can influence the system efficiency as well, as the insulation and ductwork condition. A higher rated system may cost more upfront, but it will be worth investing in. An energy-efficient air conditioner can pay for itself in only just a few years. An air conditioner with 13 or 14 SEER ratings can pay for themselves after four years. Typically an air conditioning system will have an average lifespan of 15 years. That means you can enjoy a return on your investment for 11 years. If you have any questions about SEER ratings and air conditioners, make sure to contact us. By investing and installing one in your home, you can help save money in the long run.