In an effort to continue making American homes more energy efficient, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is increasing the minimum federal standard for air conditioners in the southern United States, including Arizona, from SEER 13 to SEER 14 effective 1/1/2015.
At John’s Refrigeration, we are dedicated to keeping our customers safe and comfortable and will, of course, comply with these changes. We also believe that the energy efficiency of your home depends on much more than the SEER rating of your AC unit.
Let’s start by defining Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration (SEER)
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the total cooling output (in British Thermal Units or BTUs) provided by the unit during its normal usage period divided by its total energy input (in watt hours) during the same period. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. In theory, the SEER 14 is a more efficient unit than the SEER 13.
The SEER Challenge
The rating is derived in a laboratory setting with a steady temperature of 85 degrees, well below temperatures we see here in Arizona. In addition to the temperature, the testing room has perfectly installed ductwork. In other words, it’s a closely controlled environment that represents almost no home in America or anywhere else.
While we believe the SEER 14 units will provide greater energy efficiency, our team of certified and trained technicians will continue to inspect and repair duct systems, as they are the key to energy efficiency. As much as 20% of the air that moves through a duct system can be lost to leaks and improper installation. We strive for efficiency, not only in the units we install, but in the entire system of your home.
Just Call John’s today to schedule a FREE ESTIMATE and learn how we can help you create an efficient and clean home environment.