An energy-efficient home is a solid investment both now and in the future. Using energy-efficient appliances in your home now can save you hundreds of dollars a year and thousands over the course of home ownership. Furthermore, if you decided to sell your property, energy-efficient homes are highly sought after in the housing market.
What Is SEER?
If you’ve done any research into energy efficient appliances for your home, you’ve likely come across SEER ratings. The seasonal energy efficiency ratio, set by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), is a metric designed to reflect the efficiency of air conditioners. A high SEER ratio indicates an energy efficient appliance.
Why Is a SEER Rating Important?
Given the current focus on energy efficiency and protecting the environment, the government is offering hundreds of dollars in rebates and tax credits to homeowners who install energy efficient appliances under specified conditions.
New home contractors are building many houses with energy efficient appliances. If your home’s appliances are outdated, it could appear less attractive on the housing market and in the meantime cost you thousands of extra dollars more than an energy-efficient system would.
How Can I Ensure a High SEER Rating?
SEER ratings can go lower than 13, which is the minimum required for all newly manufactured central air conditioning systems. However, the ratings for systems can go as high as 23. For optimal performance, choose a system with a SEER rating between 16 and 18.
It’s also important to note that simply choosing an air conditioning system with a high SEER rating isn’t enough. It’s equally important to ensure that your central air conditioning system is properly installed. It’s imperative to consult an HVAC professional to ensure proper installation of your air conditioning system.
For more information regarding SEER ratings and to ensure Victory in Ventilation in your home, contact the pros at Victory · Heating · Air Conditioning · Plumbing.
Image via Shutterstock.com