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What Does Miles Per Gallon Have To Do With Your HVAC System?
Nothing really... EXCEPT it is also a standard set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and it is a standard most people can relate to.
The efficiency of an air conditioner is rated by SEER, which is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Don’t let this confuse you. Think of it as the MPG (miles per gallon) of your car. Just like with MPG, the higher the SEER rating of an air conditioner, the more efficient the system is. The more efficient the system is, the less energy it takes to operate it and THE MORE MONEY YOU SAVE!
So Why Does SEER Rating Matter?
Besides the money you could be saving every single month on your utility bill, many utility companies offer incentives on high efficiency air conditioning and heat pump systems. That is actually money back in your pocket!
Another fact to consider is that an air conditioner loses efficiency as it ages. A system 10 years old or older is operating at a considerably lower efficiency then it did when it was new. This is something that should be considered when deciding whether to repair or replace an older air conditioning system.
New air conditioning systems reach efficiency levels as high as 26+ SEER!
Here is an example of what you could expect in savings when considering a higher efficiency air conditioning system.