What is SEER and why do I need to know about it?
The higher the number, the more efficient the machine is. The SEER rating is often found on the yellow sticker attached to newly installed condensers.
SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio
The federal standards changes in January 2006 and the minimum SEER that can be manufactured is a 13 SEER. There are now machines whose efficiencies can reach up to 20+ SEER making the use of air conditioning much more affordable. There is a considerable amount of mislabeling going on by the manufacturers so be careful. If a unit is labeled “High Efficiency” don’t take it for granted. That is not an industry term that is defined. High efficiency labeling really means absolutely nothing. 13 and 14 SEER machines are average, minimum SEER and only a single step above minimum SEER yet many manufactures label them with the High Efficiency tag.
Make sure that you find out the SEER of the HVAC machine that your contractor will be installing for your home
Using a lower SEER can cost you a lot of money during those hot summer months.
The SEER rating is the Btu of cooling output during a typical cooling season day divided by the total amount of energy consumed in watts. SEER BTU Watts For example, a 60000 Btu air conditioning unit (5 Ton), with a SEER of 6, operating for a total of 1200 hours during an annual cooling season (Southern California average) would provide an annual total cooling output of:
60000 Btu 1200 72,000,000 Btu of cooling on average during the year
With a SEER of 6, the annual electrical energy usage in watts would be about:
72,000,000 Btu 6 12,000,000 Watts (this is watts used for the entire year)
If the electrical charge per watt is 14 cents (it can go as high as 27 cents currently) the bill for the air conditioning is $1680 for the year. This does not include the indoor fan motor as that must be added into the equation to figure the true total amount.
Since most system that we replace are a little more than 10 years old and, after dirt, grime, wear and tear set in the are about 6 SEER that is what people are paying.
Just what can you save by replacing your system? Using the same figures above we can calculate out a predicted savings in electrical use using this formula:
6 New Seer 1680 predicted new bill
13 SEER $775 for a yearly savings of $905
14 SEER $720 for a yearly savings of $960
15 SEER $672 for a yearly savings of $1008
18 SEER $560 for a yearly savings of $1120
20 SEER $504 for a yearly savings of $1176
THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT:
BOTH THE INDOOR OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT MUST BE MATCHED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THE RATED SEER
So what does this really mean? If you currently changed out your old 6 SEER system and replaced it with a new 20 SEER Ultimate system over the next 10 years of usage you would save about $11,760 in utility bills on just the outdoor unit. This is without the scheduled increases in electric rates. There are several already approved and the electric company asks for increases nearly every year and sometimes more than once a year. There is more…
What about repairs? Would it be safe to say that you will pay on average at least $200 a year in repairs for your existing system? Some years it would be nothing and other years it could be substantial. As these units get older they do tend to break down more often. Your savings comes in here because every system that we install comes with a free 10 years parts and labor guarantee that states just so long as we are allowed to maintain your unit each year we will not let you pay a single penny in repairs. This guarantee is in writing on the agreement. Doesn’t that mean that you will save another $200 a year in repairs for the next 10 years? Doesn’t that add another $2,000 in savings? That is now $13,760 in savings.
What about your rebates? There is a $1,500 tax incentive and a $200 gas company rebate currently active. Add those to the savings and the savings amount jumps up to $15,460 for this ultimate system.
What about your gas savings on the new furnace
.These Ultimate system require a special furnace. Did you know that if you are currently running a standing pilot furnace it could be as low as 60% AFUE. AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. AFUE is directed compared to money. A furnace that is said to have 60% AFUE means that for every one hundred dollars of gas burned by that furnace that forty dollars of it is wasted up the flue. How do you feel about walking over to your thermostat and turning the dial up to forty dollars wasted through your chimney? You are only going to save a couple of hundred dollars a year in gas usage with a high efficiency furnace, but we need to add this in to the equation to find out the true cost of the system.$200 a year at 10 years usages is another $2,000 in savings.
So, just what are you waiting for? Replacing that old, worn out dangerous hunk of and air conditioning and heating system now will net you at least $17,460 over the next 10 years. I just don’t know to put this any more clear. If your system is more than 10 years old you should replace it whether or not it’s broken, whether or not it’s running and whether or not it does a good. You need to replace it because your utility overpayments are going to pay for your new system. undefined undefined