The efficiency of an Air Conditioning System is measured in SEER Rating... But, what in the world is SEER ?
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S.E.E.R. is an efficiency rating, much like how miles per gallon (MPG) is used to rate automobile efficiency. We all understand that if you drive 300 miles and consume exactly 20 gallons of gas, then your vehicle's fuel efficiency (MPG) is 15 miles per gallon (300 miles divided by 20 gallons). A vehicle that gets 18 MPG would be more efficient (less costly) to operate, and a 12 MPG vehicle is less efficient (more costly) to operate. For HVAC, S.E.E.R. follows the same rationale.
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating
*Assumes 2,985 cooling hours, a 16 SEER 3 ton versus a 13 SEER 3 ton unit, electricity cost of $0.1113/kWh, & an operating life of 12 years.