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How SEER Is Measured for AC Systems

Any complex piece of machinery will have a long list of technical specifications attached to it. Unless you are in the HVAC field, most of the specifications on an air conditioning system will mean little to you, and for in general you do not need to know what they mean; your repair technician will take care of everything when you need repairs for your AC.

There is, however, one specification with which you should familiarize yourself: SEER, the seasonal energy efficiency rating. This number explains how well an air conditioner uses its power source (electricity) to cool down a house. Understanding SEER will help you understand how much the operation of an air conditioner will affect your utility bills.

No matter the SEER number on your AC, make certain it has prompt repairs and regular maintenance. If you plan to have new air conditioning in Savannah, GA, you should also make certain that skilled professionals handle the job. Look to AAction Air for the quality 24-hour service you need for smooth AC operation.

SEER Measurement

SEER differs from another measurement, EER (energy efficiency rating) in that it measures average cooling power during an entire season of operation instead of during a single test. It’s therefore a good was to see how your summer will go with your AC.

SEER is measured as a ratio of the amount of cooling produced in British Thermal Units (the amount of energy required to change the temperature of a gallon of water one degree either direction) to the amount of energy the system consumes in watt-hours. The higher the resulting number, the more efficient the system is at converting electricity into cooling power.

Typical SEER in current ACs range from 10 to 20. For an air conditioner to receive the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR rating for efficiency, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. Many high-efficiency air conditioners can score in the upper teens to the lower twenties.

SEER Isn’t Everything

When it comes to selecting an air conditioner for new installation, keep in mind that SEER should not be your only criterion. Just because a unit makes maximum use of power doesn’t mean it will deliver the best cooling for your house. Always consult with a home comfort specialist in the early stages of installation to make sure you have the right air conditioning system for your Savannah, GA home.

Trust to the NATE-certified technicians at AAction Air when you need air conditioning assistance, whether it’s installation, repairs, or regular maintenance.

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