Spring is on its way in Mesa, AZ, and with it comes the prospect of another long, hot summer. If your air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the perfect time to look for a new one. You can have it installed and ready to go by the time the first heat wave hits, enjoying improved efficiency and any other bells and whistles you may have in mind. That first part is the most important: an efficient air conditioner can do its job without costing you quite so much in monthly cooling bills and with reduced strain leading to lower chances of a breakdown to boot. Ideally, you should find a system properly sized to your home, and more efficient than the one you’re replacing. But how do you do that? The answer is the SEER rating.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it’s the common bar used to gauge the efficiency levels of all air conditioners. The equation used to derive it is fairly simple: the annual cooling output of your system divided by the energy it uses during the same period. The higher the rating, the more cooling power it delivers for less. That provide a good base line to compare systems and find the one that’s most efficient.
Despite that, the specifics can be confusing, with a number of models to choose from and different variations of each one. Luckily, there’s a simple way to cheat: look for systems that have the ENERGY STAR sticker, denoting those air conditioners with a SEER rating of 15 and above. The ENERGY STAR rating is derived by the U.S. Department of Energy, ensuring accurate and reliable measurements that you can count on.
Call the pros at John’s Refrigeration for more on installing a new air conditioner!