Everything You Need to Know About SEER Ratings

Everything You Need to Know About SEER Ratings

Picking a new AC system can be a difficult and frustrating process. The large variety of HVAC manufacturers, unit sizes, and options is overwhelming for most people. How do you guarantee that the AC you choose is the most efficient or gives you the best bang for your buck? It’s easier than ever now thanks to SEER ratings.

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a metric used to determine how efficient a given AC unit is. It is a ratio that measures how much cool air is created for each unit of electricity used. Thus, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. Most importantly, the more efficient the unit is, the more money you can potentially save in long-term energy costs!

SEER ratings are a critical factor to understand when choosing a new unit and can help you save hundreds of dollars. If you are a proponent of going green and helping the environment, a high SEER unit reduces waste and emissions compared to a lower SEER unit. However, the higher SEER rated units are more expensive, so it’s important to consider your unique needs and goals.

A simple way to help you understand SEER ratings is to think about the Miles Per Gallon (MPG) your car gets. You can buy a car with high MPG, but depending on how you drive and terrain, it will vary in efficiency. The same is true with a high ranking SEER AC unit. It is important to understand that efficient habits will improve any system’s performance.

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The Bottom Line

All said, SEER ratings are important when considering long term efficiency and environmental impact for your unit. Higher SEER units will be more efficient but more expensive. Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice and your values for your home and family. We recommend exploring many different options when it comes to finding a new unit. Make sure to call your local TemperaturePro with any questions!

5 Things To Do When Your AC Goes Out

5 Things To Do When Your AC Goes Out

You can just feel it in the air, the summer heat is in full swing. Now it’s more important than ever to make sure your AC is working as it should. We realize that don’t live in a perfect world and things break from time to time, but now you can be proactive and save your AC before it breaks. Read these tips to learn more!

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1. Check Your Air Filter
Your air filter is your first line of defense from hot, dusty air. It’s vital to keep your air filter clean and regularly changed to keep the clean, cool air throughout your system. If your filter is clogged or dirty, air flow will be restricted and cause your AC to malfunction. Studies have shown that a dirty air filter can reduce AC efficiency by nearly 10%!

2. Check Thermostat Batteries
Sometimes it’s the simplest solutions that are often overlooked. Replacing your batteries might be the only thing you need to fix!

3. Check The Circuit Breaker
This is a simple fix if you know what to look for, circuits can get all out of order pretty frequently. All you need to do if find your circuit breaker and flip the switch. If you don’t notice any changes you might want to reach out to an electrician to see if there is a more complex issue.

4. Check The Coil On The Outside Of Your Machine
Although it can sometimes be hard to find, a clean condenser coil is what keeps your AC running efficiently. If you find that your condenser coil is covered in leaves, grass, or other debris you could break out the hose and gently spray it down. Sometimes all it takes is a little cleaning and maintenance to keep you AC performing at the top of it’s game.

5. Call Your Local TemperaturePro!
Your local TemperaturePro is always prepared! Our technicians are ready to lend you a hand with fast, and affordable service! We take great pride in our service and hope to keep all our customers comfortable this Summer!