WHAT IS A S.E.E.R. RATING?
A S.E.E.R. (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is the rating and performance standards that have been developed by the U.S. government and equipment manufacturer’s to produce an energy consumption rating that is easy to understand by consumers. It has a universal formula and conditioning that can be applied to all units and compensates for varying weather conditions.
Basically, the lower the S.E.E.R. rating, the more energy (electricity) is required to produce the desired effect.
This increased efficiency has become more and more important as electricity rates continue to rise.
Below is a graph which shows operating costs for units with different S.E.E.R. ratings.
Why 2-Stage Cooling/Heating?
Longer run times at lower speeds, saving energy and removing more humidity in the cooling mode and increasing filtration while giving you a fresh comfortable indoor climate. 2 stage units are also extremely quiet because they run in low speed most of the time. These products are normally matched with a Variable Speed Indoor unit.
Why Variable Speed?
A normal system cycles on and off at the same speed, the variable speed indoor units start at half speed and give the opportunity for the coil to get ice cold and then ramp up to 3/4 speed and finally to full speed if needed. There is a time delay between each speed. The benefits are more even temperatures and up to 3-4 times more humidity removal in cooling mode than a single speed unit. Variable speed gives you quit, efficient comfort.
High efficiency HVAC is “a win” for many stakeholders including you, the homeowner. As you reduce your monthly energy consumption, dramatically fewer Green House Gases are released into the atmosphere, and our country as a whole reduces our dependence on foreign energy.
The more cooling/heating a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher rating it will receive. The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume…that means lower utility bills and less of an impact on the environment.Also, utility companies will often compensate homeowners to the tune of hundreds of dollars to install high-efficiency systems. Enjoy saving money!