Understanding HVAC Ratings before an Air Conditioner Replacement 04/30/2015 When you’re looking into an air conditioner replacement, you’ll find that the HVAC industry is filled to the brim with acronyms and baffling terms. You’ll want to become familiar with some of these acronyms and other common terms to be able to successfully research your purchase—especially the terms that help interpret energy efficiency. Let’s learn some of these terms. What is EER? EER means “energy-efficiency ratio.” It measures the energy efficiency of an air conditioner when the outdoor temperature is at or above a certain degree. You’ll want to go with the higher ratings on this one because the higher the EER rating is, the higher the energy efficiency. You could be seeing lower utility bills in no time. ENERGY STAR® Certification You’re most likely familiar with ENERGY STAR certification, but it’s sometimes not explained very well. ENERGY STAR was established in 1992 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The goal was to protect the environment while at the same time saving consumer’s money on energy by using more energy-efficient products. Products must pass rigorous third-party testing and meet the many requirements to become ENERGY STAR certified. So, when you notice the blue ENERGY STAR label while you’re looking for an air conditioner replacement, you’ll be certain it will save you money. ENERGY STAR - Most Efficient The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that are ENERGY STAR certified. These phenomenal products represent the leading edge in energy efficient products year after year. SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is the degree of your air conditioner’s or heat pump’s cooling efficiency. The most notable difference between SEER ratings and EER ratings is that SEER is a measurement of an air conditioner’s efficiency over throughout the entire cooling season, rather than its efficiency at a designated temperature level. Like the EER ratings, higher the SEER ratings show the system has better energy efficiency. More energy efficiency equates to more money savings and a decreased impact on the environment. If you have an older air conditioner, the SEER rating could be as low as 8, while newer, more efficient models range from ratings of 13 – 23. It’s almost certain you’ll find more acronyms and unfamiliar terms when you are looking into your air conditioner replacement, but you’ll be more prepared by understanding these terms. If you have any questions about terminology you come across in your search or if you need help with your air conditioner replacement, call Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs at 719-596-6677 or set up an appointment online.