Energy efficiency is more than just a buzzword these days. Most of us have experienced first-hand the benefits of more efficient appliances, particularly when it comes to our monthly bills and the savings to our pocketbooks. You air conditioner is a major source of energy usage, especially during the warm Texas summers, so this is a key area to consider as you make your home or commercial property more efficient.
When it comes to cooling and heating, proper installation can go a very long way in ensuring that your system functions as well as it should. Fancy features and the best technology out there won’t do you any good if the components are not assembled and installed the right way. (In fact, sloppy installs can even void your manufacturer warranty.) But the key consideration if you’re looking exclusively at the efficiency of your air conditioning system is the SEER Rating.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) essentially measures the energy required in relation to the cooling output accomplished. Higher SEER ratings indicate increased efficiency, while lower ratings indicate less efficient units. The federal minimum for homes is a SEER rating of 13 or 14 (depending on the area), but many homeowners may find that their system is actually far below that minimum. Especially with older homes, a cursory check of the Energy Guide or manufacturer label may reveal a unit that is rated at an 8. This can explain why your system just can’t seem to hang with our triple digit temps, or why your electricity bills during the summer are enough to require a second job.
If you’re considering upgrading your air conditioner or would like an evaluation of your existing system for your home or business needs, give us a call at (713) 702-4721!