SEER and Energy Star: How Do They Impact Energy Efficiency of Your AC Unit?

SEER and Energy Star: You’ve likely heard these terms mentioned in connection with home air conditioners, but what do you know about how both relate to your home cooling system’s energy efficiency? Learn what to look for with SEER and Energy Star ratings to help you choose the most energy-efficient air conditioning unit for your Coral Springs, Florida, home.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

Since 1980, all new air conditioners carry a yellow “Energy Guide” tag. The information on this tag has ratings for the appliance’s energy efficiency compared with other models in its class as determined by size and features.

Central air conditioners carry a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the number within the range, the more efficient your air conditioning unit will be, and the less it will cost you to operate. Here’s an important point when it comes to SEER: You’re not looking for a specific number but for a unit that scores well within its class.

Some utility companies may offer rebates to customers who buy high-efficiency appliances. Check with your utility provider to see if you qualify.

Energy Star

In addition to the “Energy Guide” yellow tag, look for the Energy Star label. In order for air conditioners to receive an Energy Star label, the units must have high-efficiency compressors, fan motors, and heat-transfer surfaces, such as coils. Additionally, these units must exceed the minimum federal standards for energy consumption by at least 10 percent.

The Energy Star labeling system began in the mid-1990s with a partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Energy. This partnership established Energy Star to identify and promote energy-efficient products to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

When you’re looking for a new air conditioning system for your Coral Springs home, turn first to our HI-VAC Air Conditioning Service specialists. With more than 60 years of experience in the HVAC industry, we can help you choose the most energy-efficient air conditioner for your needs. Call us at 954-246-4141.

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