A SEER rating, or “Season Energy Efficiency Ratio,” is a measurement used to determine the cooling power of an air conditioning system. For each watt of energy the system uses throughout the season, the SEER rating determines the actual cooling power of the A/C. When homeowners are in the marketing for a replacement system, or perhaps a brand new central heating and cooling system installation, it is important to understand the SEER ratings and how large of a system you will need to properly cool your home. If you’re concerned about energy costs, as most people are, this is of utmost importance to make sure your system is not much more powerful than what it would take to actually cool your home efficiently. By familiarizing yourself with SEER ratings, contributing to a greener environment while saving you money on cooling bills is actually possible.
At M&A HVAC Services, we always help our customers choose the proper size system with the correct SEER rating for their home. This depends on the square footage of the home. Helping you understand SEER ratings will make your decision much easier. SEER values typically range between 13 on the low end and 23 on the higher end. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient a unit is. Higher rated units will also product less carbon monoxide, making them a safer choice as well as conserving energy.
New air conditioning units are naturally more energy efficient than systems 20 and 30 years ago, or even systems from 5 years ago. Manufacturers are producing much higher efficiency units today because of environmental concerns. Typically, the higher the SEER rating the more expensive a unit is. That is one thing to keep in mind.
Savings now or later?
It’s important to keep in mind that, although a higher SEER rated unit may cost more up front, the cost savings over the life of the unit (10-20 years with proper maintenance) will save you more money in the long run because of the energy conservation. If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, the odds are your system is only rated around 10. Today, you can’t hardly find a system with a rating lower than a 13. With the lower energy ratings of newer systems, you’ll save money on utility bills with a new unit even at the lowest end of the SEER spectrum.
To determine the best SEER rating for your upgraded air conditioning system, take into consideration the size of your house and also the climate here in Middle Tennessee. It is also helpful to factor in the size of your old unit and how much longer you plan to stay in your home. The minimum rating in Nashville and most southern states is 16 SEER in today’s air conditioners. You may also quality for some energy rebates distributed by your local power company should you decide to opt for a higher SEER rated system. See the U.S. Department of Energy for a full SEER rating scale and other information.
A higher SEER rated unit coupled with a professional installation and proper ventilation and duct work will also contribute to better energy efficiency for your home’s new system. The professionals at M&A HVAC always look out for our customers’ best interests when installing a new system. We will perform checks throughout your home’s current ventilation system and make sure there are no leaks in your ductwork. Our highly skilled HVAC technicians at M&A HVAC look forward to providing you with excellent products and services, top notch customer service, and work that we’ll stand behind for years. We also perform warranty work and maintenance for all systems we install to ensure your system is properly tuned for each season of heating and cooling.
Serving Nashville, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, and the surrounding areas, we would love to hear from you! Reach out to our team today to get started with a free consultation. We are available at 615-431-2500 or you can send us a message through the form on this page. We look forward to serving you!