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Your New Air Conditioner: Weigh These Features, In Addition To The SEER Rating

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If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, there are several features you should consider beyond the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Here’s a look at six additional features you should keep in mind when shopping around:

  • A High EER Rating: The EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is similar to the SEER rating in that it measures the efficiency of an air conditioner. However, EER is also known as a high-temperature rating because it indicates how well your air conditioner will perform on the hottest days this summer. This is different from SEER, which indicates how efficiently an air conditioner will run over the entire cooling season. Look for EER 11.6 or higher in addition to a SEER rating of 14 or higher for the most efficient operation.
  • Variable-Speed Air Handler: When you choose a system that can operate on high and low speeds, you ensure a more comfortable home with lower energy bills. The system will run primarily on low speed until cooling demand rises enough that the unit kicks into high gear. This ensures smaller temperature variations and better humidity control in your Cleveland area home.
  • Quiet Operation: Loud air conditioners can create annoying background noise. Fortunately, technology is available to keep systems running quietly.
  • Fan-Only Switch: Nighttime ventilation is important to avoid stagnant air. A fan-only switch allows you to keep the house ventilated while significantly lowering your cooling bills.
  • Check-Filter Light: Keeping a clean filter in the system is important for efficient operation. Instead of trying to remember the proper time to replace the filter, let an indicator light remind you after a certain number of operating hours.
  • Automatic-Delay Fan Switch: The compressor in an air conditioner is what cools the air while a fan distributes it through the duct system and eventually into each room. By keeping the fan running for a few minutes after the compressor shuts down, all the cold air can be blown out of the ducts and into your living spaces.

For more information about choosing a new air conditioner for your Greater Cleveland area home, please contact Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing services Western Cleveland. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today! For those Do it Yourselfers who would rather take control of your own indoor comfort, you can shop our online store for replacement parts, products and accessories!