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How a SEER Rating Affects AC Performance


When it comes to air conditioner performance and operation, energy efficiency is critical. Energy-efficient air conditioners not only cost less to operate but often include features that enhance the level of comfort that they deliver.

At On Time Home Services, we want your Irvine air conditioning system to keep you comfortable and save you money at the same time. We’re pleased to offer information about HVAC industry-wide rating systems that help our valued customers identify top-performing systems for new air conditioner installations.

Measuring an Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency

The efficiency of air conditioning systems is rated according to their SEER ratio. SEER is an acronym that stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio.” The number is calculated by comparing the system’s cooling capacity to its energy consumption. The higher the SEER rating, the more money you’ll save on your monthly energy bills.

Since 2006, federal standards have required air conditioners to have a SEER rating of at least 13 to qualify as an Energy Star-qualified product. Today’s modern AC system have SEER ratios that range from 13 to 23.

Performance Enhancing Features

The HVAC industry has responded to governmental demands for increased energy efficiency by introducing innovative features and technologies that have improved the performance of cooling systems as well. One of the best modern features is a variable speed blower motor that lets the unit automatically switch to a lower fan speed when cooling demands are lower. This feature eliminates the uncomfortable fluctuations in temperature and instead delivers an even, gentle flow of cool air.

When to Consider AC Replacement

If you have an older system, replacing it with an energy-efficient model can save you as much as 30% or more on your monthly cooling costs. Systems that fail to keep you comfortable in hot weather are good candidates for replacement as well.

To help you determine whether an air conditioner upgrade is a cost-effective option, our experts at On Time Home Services can calculate annual operating costs on new models and compare the results against your current energy expenses. To discuss your options, give us a call today at (949) 649-8777

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