Anyone who is looking to buy a new HVAC unit should be familiar with EER standards. EER, (formally SEER) stands for Energy Efficiency Rating, which is a measurement of your unit’s electrical efficiency. In short, it is an indication of how much electricity you will have to buy in order to power your system.
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy raised the minimum EER requirement from 10 to 13, establishing a new standard in energy efficiency nationwide. This has both positive and negative effects on you, the buyer. The upside is that your new unit will be 30% more efficient than the old 10-EER models, saving you up to $300 per year in electricity; the downside is that cheaper 10-EER units are no longer on the marketplace.
If you own a 10-SEER unit, you may find it cost-efficient in the short term to keep it running with regular maintenance and repair. However, it will eventually reach the end of its lifespan and you will need to convert up to a 13-EER. Units with EER ratings of 18 or higher are also available at a cost premium over the standard units.
Adams Heating & Air has a team of HVAC professionals who can diagnose your needs, help find the right system for you, and install it with the highest level of workmanship. To consult an expert, call (704) 376-4328.