As modern technology advances across all industries, homes are becoming more efficient than ever before. Among those advancements, the products we use to run our homes—from light bulbs and dishwashers to sprinkler systems and other appliances—are getting smarter and smarter each year. Along with these advancements, we’ve also become more concerned with the environment. Homeowners today are more likely to choose eco-friendly products that not only perform well and keep energy costs down, but that help to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.
If you’re thinking about replacing your old unit with a new air conditioning system, you’ve probably heard of something called a SEER rating. A SEER rating is an important calculation that can give homeowners an idea as to how functional their home’s central air conditioning unit is—based on various factors that measure the unit’s output of energy against the cooling performance in the home. Today’s newest air conditioning systems are designed with important smart features that reduce the energy output used to cool a home—resulting in a better SEER rating and a more energy-efficient home.
The higher the SEER rating, the more energy you’ll save, which is why homeowners purchasing new systems tend to focus on the latest HVAC units that perform well on this scale. Deciding whether you need a new HVAC unit can be a complicated decision, and making sure you’re well informed about your options is important. If you’re interested in evaluating your air conditioning system for AC efficiency or upgrading with AC replacement, take a look at this guide from our expert team at MLD HVAC to learn more about the SEER rating and how it can be interpreted.
The SEER Rating Explained
SEER is an acronym which stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and is a measurement that reflects the performance of your air conditioning unit in a year’s time. The number takes into consideration the amount of energy used to cool a home with the actual cooling performance of the AC itself, to give us an idea of how efficient the unit is.
On the scale, a higher number reflects better AC efficiency than a lower number. In the past, air conditioning units weren’t nearly as efficient as they are today and score consistently lower ratings on the SEER scale. While an older air conditioner more than 10 or 15 years old might rate a 6 on the SEER scale, most new units rate between 15 and 18 today. In fact, the most innovative and state-of-the-art air conditioning systems are incredibly energy-efficient, reaching SEER ratings of up to 33 or higher.
What Benefits Will I Get From a Higher SEER Rating?
A higher number on the SEER scale represents greater energy efficiency in a home. This means that a higher rating will result in lower utility bills and a reduced carbon footprint, which positively affects the environment. If your goal is to save money and reduce your environmental impact at the same time, you might want to think about upgrading your AC unit if the rating is anything lower than 13 or 14. This is especially important in climates like Austin, where we’re dependent on our air conditioning systems and use them heavily throughout the long, hot summer months.
What’s My AC Unit’s SEER Rating?
If you’re curious about the SEER rating of your home’s AC system, check the outside of the unit for the number. It should be located clearly on the panel, listed as the “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” If you can’t find it, contact your local air conditioning company like MLD HVAC. Let us know the make and model of your unit and our friendly team of HVAC experts will help you find the SEER rating of your air conditioning system.
We can also help you determine whether you’re in need of an upgrade by evaluating your SEER rating, performing an AC efficiency diagnostics evaluation, and providing maintenance, repairs, and AC replacement services. For more information, contact our team at MLD HVAC today by giving us a call over the phone. You can also request a free, in-home pricing estimate and consultation from an air conditioning expert today by filling out our easy online form.