If you are considering installing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system or upgrading an existing one, your HVAC contractor will speak with you about SEER ratings and energy efficiency. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is the average cooling output of an air conditioner during a cooling season divided by the energy used.

SEER Values

The Department of Energy sets minimum SEER standards for new HVAC installations according to regions of the U.S. For Tennessee, the minimum SEER for air conditioning and heat pumps is 14. Higher SEER ratings can result in greater energy efficiency and more savings on fuel costs. Manufacturers offer equipment that exceeds the minimum values. American Standard makes air conditioners rated as high as SEER 22. At Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we trust Trane products for their reliability and performance. However, we install and service all brands of equipment.

SEER Ratings and Performance

Equipment with high SEER ratings includes components that contribute to better energy efficiency. Two-stage compressors, variable speed blowers, zone control and smart thermostats are energy-saving features that contribute to high SEER ratings. These features are better at controlling humidity and reducing temperature fluctuations, which create a more comfortable indoor environment.

As SEER values increase, so does the price. Your HVAC contractor can evaluate the costs and benefits of upgrading to a system with higher SEER values based on how many hours of cooling you use per season, the price of electricity in your area and the capacity of the unit. If you want maximum energy savings, state-of-the-art technology and optimum comfort, units with higher SEER ratings will work well for you.

For more information about upgrading your HVAC system for better energy efficiency, call the experts at Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today.

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