How Does A Central Air Conditioner Work?
Air Cool NC Experts say: A Central air conditioner works via an outdoor compressor and a condenser coil. One of the most important specifications that any air conditioner is the efficiency rating called SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio).
Cooling: One of the most important specifications that any air conditioner or heat pump air conditioner has is the efficiency rating called the SEER. Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.
SEER: (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) the efficiency rating of the A/C. This can range from 8 in an old A/C up to 19 in the most efficient new A/C. All new A/C´s must have a minimum of 13 SEER.
Did You Know? Did you know that your car has an energy efficiency rating? It is called miles per gallon. MPG.
The SEER Rating: The SEER rating of an air conditioner or heat pump is the same thing as MPG in your car. Basically it is the amount of cooling that a system produces measured against the amount of electricity it uses.
Starting in January 2006 the minimum level per federal standards was raised to 13 SEER. The most efficient systems today can attain a SEER level of 20 or higher.
Most people who don’t want the “low bid gets job” model but also don’t go to the highest efficiency available select a system in the 14 – 15 SEER range. These systems are not the most inexpensive units that the manufacturer can make. Rather, they are very high quality systems that should last up to 20 years or more. These mid range air conditioning systems have better warranties than the standard systems and offer many more features that are beneficial to your comfort and utility bills.
Some utilities like KCPL and BPU offer big rebates to you when you replace your central air conditioner.
If you buy during a time when American Standard, Trane or Lennox is also offering incentives it can be coupled with the utility rebate and amount to a fantastic opportunity for you.