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Air Conditioning FAQ: What Does SEER Mean to Me?

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning, then you may have already come across the acronym SEER, perhaps pasted on a bright logo in an air conditioner showroom or online. It’s an important rating and one that you should certainly keep in mind as you make your way through the various types and brands of air conditioning systems available today. In this post, we’d like to explain a little bit more about SEER and what it means to you. But, remember, the most important aspect of the installation process is ensuring that your AC receives professional installation. Call AAction Air today for comprehensive Savannah AC services, from installation to maintenance.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and it is created by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute as a way of sorting through the variety of air conditioning equipment on the market. Energy efficiency is the ratio between cooling output in BTUs (British Thermal Units) and electrical energy input in kWh (kilowatt hour). It allows consumers and professionals alike to be able to compare different systems in terms of an estimated energy efficiency over the course of a season. While it’s not perfect, it remains an important and useful standard by which to rate systems; the higher the number the greater the energy efficiency. New ACs must have a SEER of at least 13 today, and to be Energy Star rated, the SEER rating needs to be at least 14.5.

Ductless split systems tend to have the highest SEER ratings, mainly due to the lack of ductwork, which can account for up to 30% energy loss if they are not well taken care of. But central air systems can often have high SEER ratings themselves, and they often offer a cost-effective solution to home cooling. But SEER rating isn’t everything, and there are other important factors to consider, such as the integrity of your home’s insulation and ductwork. Whatever system you choose, make sure it’s professionally installed. Call AAction Air today for comprehensive Savannah air conditioning services. 

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