What SEER Rating Should I Buy in 2019?
If you are planning to replace your HVAC system this year, you probably have lots of questions about the right brand, the right size, and the right price. One of the most common questions we hear from our customers is: “What does the SEER Rating mean, and what SEER rating should I consider buying?”
What is a SEER rating?
SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is used to measure the amount of cool air an air conditioner produces per watt of energy. If this still sounds confusing, think about the miles per gallon that manufacturers measure for your car. A SEER rating uses the same principle to measure energy efficiency for your air conditioner.
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It is important to note that a SEER rating is calculated using the average output for a typical cooling season. They way you use your air conditioner can still affect its ability to save energy and money.
What SEER rating should I buy?
It might seem ideal to buy the highest SEER rating possible. It is true that the higher your SEER rating, the more energy saving potential it has. But air conditioners with SEER ratings in the 20s can be too expensive for some customers.
We recommend any air conditioning system with a SEER rating over 14. Old AC units have SEER ratings measured at 8 or 9, so even upgrading to the lower end units available today will improve your energy efficiency a little bit.
If you do choose to purchase a higher SEER rating, make sure you are using your air conditioner wisely. Remember that the SEER number measures the maximum potential for energy efficiency. If you fluctuate the temperature in your home constantly or run your AC nonstop even when you are out of the house, it will be much harder to see a return on your investment.
How can I maximize energy efficiency for my AC unit?
No matter what SEER rating works best for your family and your budget, there are ways to maximize energy efficiency.
- Use ceiling fans with your AC so that it can run at a lower temperature. Fans use up less energy and will help save you money.
- Change your air filter regularly. If you forget about it and your filter gets clogged with excessive dust and particles, it will drastically slow down the efficiency of your AC. We recommend changing your filter at least once every 90 days.
- Consider investing in a smart thermostat to work with your new air conditioner. Smart thermostats will adapt the temperature to your schedule so that you are never wasting cool air and energy.
If you have been wondering “what SEER rating should I buy?” and you have felt baffled at all the choices, we hope this guide will help. If you have any further questions about the right SEER rating or energy efficiency HVAC technology, give us a call at Blue Flame!
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.