Your air conditioner can account for an average of 20 to 30 percent of your electrical bill each month. If your home has SEER Loss than you could basically be throwing money away each month. What even is SEER and how do you loose it? Read on to find out more about what it is and ways to keep your money in your pocket book.
What Is SEER Loss?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is how the air conditioning industry “grades” the efficiency of different systems. The higher your SEER rating the more efficient your system will be.
How to Stop Seer Loss?
There are plenty of ways to keep your Air Conditioner running more efficiently without those costly A/C repairmen visits. One way that you can help yourself is to go into your local hardware store and purchase a programmable thermostat. These thermostats are often referred to as smart thermostats. Smart thermostats can be set to turn on and off at the times you are most likely to be home. So you can set it to be running for your arrival after work at 5pm and then set to shut off once you leave in the morning at 8am.
You can set the temperatures for those times as well, warmer temperatures during the morning hours or cooling during the evening when you’re getting ready for bed. By programming your thermostat you can cut the system on and off only during times off need and significantly cut down on your utility bill.
Some of the newer smart systems are even controlled by apps on your phone, simplifying the programming of the system even further. They are programmed to be able to turn on and off based on your gps location and how close you are to your home. For example, you can have your thermostat set to power on when you are a 5 mile radius from your home, allowing the A/C to begin to cool down the home before you return.
Cleaning Your System
Like anything in your home, over time things will get dirty. Just like you do a good spring cleaning of your home every year, you should be doing the same with your air conditioning system. Dust and dirt and accumulate on your coils and in the ducts and values may not be getting as good of a seal as they used to. Look to your local Air conditioning professional for a yearly tune up to keep your system in check. It’s better to preform preventative maintenance instead of having a catastrophic failure of your system.
Keep in mind that standards change and get more efficient year after year. Your SEER rated system from 10 years ago may not be equivalent to the rating from today. If it’s time for you to replace your system you could be in for a nice surprise when that first electric bill comes around if you pick a well rated system.
While the SEER rating is a good way to check the efficiency of your system, keep in mind there are always other variables in play. Make you’re your system you’re looking for is sized properly for your home. Too large a unit will not properly remove humidity from your home. A unit that is too small will not cool the space efficiently and you will have to run it 24/7 to keep your home cool and waste money in the process. Ducts that are sized wrong also affect the ability of the system to cool the home. If in doubt, trust an A/C profession with these questions and allow them to help guide you through the process.