If you’ve been shopping for an air conditioner for your Michigan home, you already know that there are some big differences from one model to the next. Some air conditioners are much more energy-efficient than others, providing the same amount of cool air while using less electricity and saving you money on your utility bills. These high-efficiency systems don’t look much different than their low-efficiency counterparts, though.
How can you tell which air conditioners are high-efficiency, and which are not? Simply look for the Energy Star label and SEER rating.
All new air conditioners are required to meet certain minimum standards for energy efficiency. Energy Star sets higher standards and awards Energy Star status to any air conditioner that meets or exceeds those standards. If an air conditioner has the Energy Star label, you know it is more energy-efficient than those that lack the label.
There can still be some big differences among air conditioners that have the Energy Star label, so you also need to look at each unit’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. SEER is a number that shows, on average, how much cooling output the air conditioner produces for each unit of electricity consumed. Specifically, it shows how many thousands of BTU’s the system produces for each kilowatt-hour it adds to your electric bill. A standard central air conditioner produces 13,000 BTU’s for each kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed, which gives it a SEER of 13. The most highly efficient air conditioners, though, can produce 20,000 BTU’s or more from that same kilowatt-hour of electricity, giving them a SEER rating of around 20. In other words, they are about 50 percent more efficient than standard models. As a result, an air conditioner with a high SEER rating can save you considerably on your electric bills.
For more information, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We service Grand Traverse County and the five surrounding counties with a range of air-conditioning systems and can help you choose one that will keep you comfortable and save you money. Contact us todayif you have any questions.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about SEER and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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