SEER Rating – Your Key to Reducing Cooling Costs

If you plan to replace your air conditioner and you want to reduce your cooling costs, it is important to understand what a SEER rating is. It can be the key to greater savings on your home’s cooling bills. What Is a SEER Rating? Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating that is used to determine how energy-efficient your air conditioner. When comparing various cooling units, you will see the SEER rating displayed on their affixed yellow EnergyGuide labels, just as you would see an AFUE rating on a furnace’s label. A SEER rating is calculated using two numbers. The first is the unit’s cooling output measured in BTUs when operating on a typically hot day. The second is the total electricity required to power the unit under the same conditions. The SEER is the ratio of cooling in BTUs to the energy consumed in watt-hours. What SEER Number Should You Look For? When it comes to SEER numbers, air conditioners, and heat pumps with higher numbers are more energy-efficient than those with lower numbers. Requirements by the federal government set the lowest allowable SEER number at 13. Some high-efficiency units have been given a 26 SEER provided they...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Improving home energy efficiency reduces energy costs, increases comfort, reduces pollution and helps conserve natural resources. Here is a list of items you should inspect and some ways to reduce energy losses: Doors and Windows: Seal air leaks around windows and doors. Check weather-strips and caulking around windows. Add blinds, awning, or solar screens, or window tints, or plant trees near windows for shade. Utility Line Entry Points: Seal all access points for cables, vents, and plumbing pipes. Ductwork: Install mechanical fasteners to reconnect runs of disconnected ductwork. Apply mastic sealant to close gaps. Insulating areas of ductwork, as necessary to prevent radiant heat loss. Appliances: Replace fixtures and appliances with energy-saving models that use less energy and emit less radiant heat. HVAC: Replace dirty filters and straighten bent coil fins. Clean condenser coils and condensate lines. Have periodic inspections by your HVAC technician to test refrigerant levels, air flow, electrical functions and air tightness. Minor adjustments and repairs can save you from much larger repairs or replacements. Ventilation: Open windows or doors, or add an attic fan to pull fresh air into your house. Install more vents in areas where needed. Install double-sashed windows. Light Bulbs: Replace old-fashioned incandescent...

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