Understanding HVAC Ratings before an Air Conditioner Replacement 04/30/2015 When it’s time for air conditioner replacement, the HVAC industry can feel like it’s full of acronyms and terms that may be a bit confusing. However, if you want to get the most out of all the research you’re doing, you’ll want to become familiar with some of the most common terms. A lot 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 operate when the outdoor temperature is at a defined level. The higher the EER rating, the higher the efficiency, so when you’re looking for air conditioner replacement be sure to look for higher ratings so you can realize all the savings they can bring you. ENERGY STAR® Certification Most consumers know about ENERGY STAR certifications, but rarely is it truly defined. 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 its packaging. SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, usually referred to as SEER, measures the cooling efficiency of your air conditioner or heat pump. Again, the higher the rating a product has, the greater the energy efficiency. That also means higher savings for you and a smaller impact on the environment. SEER ratings can greatly vary depending 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 one outdoor temperature like EER. When you’re in the market for an air conditioner replacement, you’ll quickly find out that there are a lot more acronyms and terms than the three we’ve outlined here, but these will give you a good 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 Richardson HVAC professionals at Hammack Service Company.