Understanding HVAC Ratings before an Air Conditioner Replacement 04/30/2015 When the time comes for air conditioner replacement, the HVAC industry can seem as though it’s full of acronyms and terms that may be a little confusing. However, if you want to get the most out of all the research you’re doing, you’ll want to acquaint yourself with some of the most common terms. Quite a few of the terms reference efficiency factors that can help you save money month after month. So when you have to think about an air conditioner replacement, be sure to refresh your memory on these terms. What is EER? The EER, or energy-efficiency ratio, measures how efficiently the air conditioner will work when the outdoor temperature is at a certain level. The higher the EER rating, the higher the efficiency, so when you’re in the market for air conditioner replacement be sure to keep an eye out for higher ratings so you can take advantage of all the savings they can bring you. ENERGY STAR® Certification Most consumers have heard of ENERGY STAR certifications, but rarely is it really explained. In 1992, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established ENERGY STAR to help consumers save money on their energy expenses and protect the environment by using more energy efficient products. ENERGY STAR certification is earned through rigorous third-party testing, and products must meet a certain number of requirements. So when it’s time for air conditioner replacement, make sure to look for the blue label with the ENERGY STAR logo on the box. SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, typically referenced as SEER, measures the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. Again, the higher the rating a product has, the better the energy efficiency. That also means more savings for you and a lower impact on the environment. SEER ratings can greatly depend on the age of your current air conditioner, stretching from as low as 8 on older products, to today’s range of 13-23. The largest difference between EER and SEER is that SEER measures your air conditioner’s efficiency over an entire cooling season versus only one outdoor temperature like EER. When searching for an air conditioner replacement, you’ll quickly realize that there are a lot more acronyms and terms than the couple we’ve listed here, but these will give you a better understanding of a few common ones. To learn more about your air conditioner replacement choices or dig deeper in to the meaning of these terms, contact your local McMurray HVAC pros at Kowalski Heating & Cooling.