Understanding HVAC Ratings before an Air Conditioner Replacement 04/30/2015 When the time comes 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 acquaint yourself 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 through 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 work when the outdoor temperature is at a certain level. The higher the EER rating, the higher the efficiency, so when you’re searching for air conditioner replacement be sure to try to find higher ratings so you can realize all the savings they can bring you. ENERGY STAR® Certification Most consumers have heard of ENERGY STAR certifications, but rarely is it actually explained. 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 thorough 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 the package. SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, more commonly 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 greater savings for you and a lower 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 biggest difference between EER and SEER is that SEER measures your air conditioner’s efficiency over an entire cooling season versus a single outdoor temperature like EER. When searching for an air conditioner replacement, you’ll quickly find out that there are a lot more acronyms and terms than the couple we’ve noted here, but these will give you a better understanding of a few common ones. To learn more about your air conditioner replacement selections or dig deeper in to the meaning of these terms, contact your local Bakersfield HVAC pros at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing.