Understanding Your AC Efficiency Rating | Dalton AC & Heat

It’s wise to buy the most energy-efficient AC your home can support. You save energy costs, and you do less damage to the planet: a win-win combination. 

Here at Dalton AC and Heating, we help you find the right system for your home, including helping you shop for the best energy efficiency rating for your needs. Here’s what you need to understand about how efficiency is measured. 

What is a SEER rating?

All AC units have a SEER rating. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the AC.

What is an EER rating?

EER stands for energy efficiency ratio. It’s another measure of your AC’s ability to cool your home with less power.

What is the Energy Star label for AC? 

The Energy Star label is an EPA-awarded certification that tells you that your AC unit has met strict energy efficiency requirements that have been tested and verified by a third party.

To earn the Energy Star label, a central AC unit must have a SEER rating of 16 or higher and an EER rating of 12.5 or higher. 

Installing an Energy Star AC doesn’t just save you money on your electric bill. It saves you money on your taxes, too, because Federal Tax Credits often apply. For example, as of this writing, a Pearland, TX resident can receive a Central AC Single Package Tax Credit of 30% of cost, up to $600, after installing an Energy Star unit. 

Are SEER and EER the only factors impacting energy efficiency? 

Installing the right-size AC for your home also makes a big difference. If your unit is too big, your home will become too humid, clammy, and mold-prone. If your AC is too small, it will not be capable of heating your entire home.

The quality of your ductwork matters, too; deteriorating, poorly designed ductwork reduces energy efficiency, no matter how efficient the unit is. Proper insulation also makes a major difference. Even unit location matters, which is why it’s so important to work with an expert AC company. Our technicians take the time to address all these factors. 

Ready to replace your AC? 

AC units become more energy efficient every year. If your AC is over 10 years old, it’s both reaching the end of its lifespan and wasting money. 

Get the latest, greatest, most efficient AC we can install in your home. Call Dalton AC & Heating for a free quote today. 

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