The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of your Atlanta, GA air conditioner is basically the efficiency number. It is sort of like the milers-per-gallon number of your car. It is calculated by taking the cooling output and dividing it by the electric input during normal seasonal use. The higher the number…the more efficiently your unit is running. The more efficient your unit is running, the more money you are saving. When choosing a central air conditioner unit this is a very important number. If you choose a unit with a high SEER you can save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars during the life of the air conditioner. Atrained technician from Fulton can help you find the right air conditioning unit with the highest SEER number that will fit your budget and home.
As it stands all central air conditioners are required to have a SEER of at least 13. Energy Star central air conditioners start at a SEER of 14. Units that use geo-thermal or ductless units can have extremely high SEER numbers, as high as 75. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit. However, the higher the number the more complex the machine, and therefore the more expensive the upfront costs will be. Window unit are not required to have a SEER of 13 and can still be found as low as 10. This is one of the things you will want to investigate when purchasing a window unit if you go this route. The more maintained your air conditioning unit the higher the SEER will remain. But if you allow the air conditioner filter to become clogged, or your ductwork starts leaking, or the air conditioner is not annually cleaned and maintained, the SEER number will naturally begin to fall. That is why it is important to have your air conditioner maintained by a professional.
As we mentioned, you can save hundreds of dollars each year by replacing your old system with a more energy efficient air conditioner. You will also be helping the environment by using less electric and therefore creating less green house gasses. If you are considering purchasing a new air conditioner definitely ask about the SEER number.
For more information on choosing and preparing your HVAC unit for summer, contact a qualified HVAC technician from Fulton. They would be happy to assist you with evaluating your unit and performing any required maintenance. Fulton Plumbing is committed to providing you superior plumbing expertise, options and customer service. For testimonials, money saving tipsand coupons, visit us on the web or call one of our friendly representatives today. At Fulton Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning our number one goal is to provide friendly, top quality work 100% of the time, any time day or night.