by Zona on September 27, 2013

Things to know about your AC unit


Indianapolis HVACSEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Your air conditioner’s performance is determined by the efficiency of its operation, which is represented by this ratio.

How is SEER calculated?

Each HVAC system has two matching components. The outdoor compressor must match the indoor unit. These are tested and awarded a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is similar to the miles per gallon, or MPG, ratings that are given to vehicles.

SEER ratings are calculated by testing the output of cooling a system is capable in relation to the input of electricity it draws. Instead of being calculated for one specific instance, SEER ratings measure the expected performance of an HVAC system for a typical year. Most new units have a SEER rating of 13 or 14. The higher the number, the more efficient a system is.

How does owning a high-rated SEER system benefit the consumer?

Systems that put out more heating or cooling receive better ratings. HVAC units that have higher efficiency ratings consume less energy. This means less impact on the environment and lower energy bills for the consumer.

While saving money on your monthly electricity bill is great, there are other money saving aspects to owning an efficient HVAC unit. Utility companies offer rebates to homeowners with highly efficient systems that add up to hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. Your rebate will depend on the individual utility company, but ultimately this lowers the cost of your new HVAC system.

How much can I really save?

Even with proper maintenance, the efficiency of air conditioning units degrades over time. Upgrading your home’s HVAC system to something more efficient can result in substantial savings. For example, upgrading from a unit with a SEER 9 to one that is a SEER 13 can result in approximately 30 percent energy savings, depending on usage and energy cost.

Looking to install a new AC unit or upgrade the AC unit in your Indianapolis home? Call Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service at (317) 881-9536 and get started today!

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