What’s SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is used to rate the efficiency of air conditioners. Since 1979, SEER ratings have been used to explain how efficient central air conditioner converts electricity to cooling power. Higher the rating, more efficient the air conditioner.
Two months ago, Eddy and I upgraded from our 1995 10-SEER packaged heating and air system to a 16-SEER system. We had to upgrade since the heat exchanger in our heating unit broke, and the system was emitting carbon monoxide. Yikes!
Eddy, whom I affectionately refer to as Energy Nazi, researched different heating and air systems for several months before he settled on the 16-SEER system. Your central air conditioner must have a SEER of at least 14 to qualify as ENERGY STAR, so we are very happy with the decision that we made.
No matter how efficient your system is, however, if you have leaky ducts, you are flushing money down the drain. That’s why we asked the company that installed our system to check on our ducts. If you are unsure about the tightness of your ducts, ask fora blower door test.
Heating and cooling account for about 56% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home, making it the largest energy expense for most homes. When replacing or upgrading an existing heating and cooling system, choose an energy efficient system. You’ll save money and the environment!