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 Having an energy-efficient air conditioner will help save money and cool your home efficiently. Even if you are considering upgrading your current air conditioner, you will want to know what the SEER rating is for it. This is one of the most important factors when you shop for a new air conditioning system. A SEER rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the ratio of the total cooling output over summer compared to the total energy consumed during summer. By using the SEER ratings, you can compare the different operating costs of various air conditioners. The higher the SEER rating is, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner will be.

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.