Archive for December, 2013

Understanding SEER and EER

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It’s easy to get confused about heating and air conditioning terminology when there are so many acronyms to remember. Especially when it comes to energy efficiency, consumers can get thrown off by the sheer number abbreviations and acronyms. What does it all mean? Understanding the basics of air conditioning efficiency can help you be a more informed consumer when it comes time for your air conditioner to be replaced or repaired. If you need to find out more information regarding AC repair in Jacksonville FL, then there are two important acronyms you need to understand: EER and SEER.

Energy Efficiency Ratio

The Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER, measures the energy used by an air conditioner. The EER rating is based on the relationship between the watts and the total cooling capacity. You can calculate the ratio by figuring out how much energy is needed to cool a home when the weather is 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This measurement is expressed in BTU/watt. For example, if you own a 10,000 BTU air conditioner and it consumes 1200 watts, the EER rating would be 8.3 or 10,000/1200. (more…)