SEER! What does it mean?



By Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning 

 

SEER: What does it mean? 

You heard it before, haven’t you? Maybe from a Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning employee? Maybe an estimator? TV? But you know you have heard it.

SEER.

What does it mean?

SEER is a relatively new standard in the heating and air conditioning industry. It stands for Standard Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s an efficiency rating of your installed system, including the effects of ducting and the construction of your home.

What does SERR mean to me?

  • When the SEER is measured, the test reveals the ratio of actual heating or cooling delivery compared to the rated amount the equipment produced when the manufacturer tested the equipment.
  • How can my SEER rating be increased?
    While new high efficiency heating and cooling equipment may help, the number one factor in determining system efficiency is your duct system. Heating and cooling travels through ducts that are often too restrictive, damaged, poorly maintained, or improperly designed and installed from the beginning. Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning can help with these problems and increase your SEER.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

QUESTION: How long does it take to measure the SEER of my system?
ANSWER: It depends on the size of your home. Normally, the testing takes between one and two hours.

QUESTION: Is there a problem with customary equipment efficiency ratings?
ANSWER: It’s important to understand that equipment ratings are only the potential efficiency of that component of the system under perfect conditions. Think of it as trying to rate your car’s mpg based on just testing the motor by itself. Over half of the system’s efficiency depends on the duct system and the field-installation.

QUESTION: Can I get a 100% SEER Rating?
ANSWER:
 It has been done before, but it’s very difficult. SER Ratings of 90% or better are frequently achieved. What’s more important is that your system’s efficiency can often be increased by 25% to 50%. The biggest benefit is the increase in comfort that you will enjoy every day by actually getting the heating and cooling you’re paying for!

QUESTION: Why doesn’t every contractor offer this rating system?
ANSWER: Unfortunately, there are less than 5000 technicians in the world certified to perform this testing. Most contractors simply aren’t willing to invest in the tools and training to provide this valuable service.

What should I expect from my heating and cooling contractor?
When a typical heating and cooling contractor quotes the efficiency of the equipment (SEER or AFUE) and leads you to believe the new equipment will automatically deliver that efficiency, think again. Typical installed equipment only operates at 55% to 70% of rated capacity. An NCI trained and certified contractor will field-measure the installed efficiency of your old system. Your contractor may then recommend improvements while installing your new equipment. He will then measure the new system’s performance to prove the new system is functioning as designed.

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