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Is My Air Conditioner Energy Efficient? The Answer Goes Beyond Your System’s SEER Rating

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small_3439448703As we get closer and closer to summer, many homeowners in the St. Louis area will begin paying more attention to their homes’ cooling bills. If it seems like you’re spending a lot on cooling costs, you naturally might be wondering, “Is my air conditioner energy efficient?” The answer to this question is a bit more complicated than you might think. Today we’re going to talk about the many ways you can determine whether or not your air conditioner is efficient!

Does my air conditioner have a good efficiency rating?

The first logical place to look to check your air conditioner’s efficiency is its SEER rating. At a minimum, your air conditioner should have a SEER rating of 13. Anything less than that is below the federally-required minimum for newly-manufactured air conditioners. The higher your SEER rating, the more efficient your system will be. But as you’ll see below, SEER ratings only tell part of the story when it comes to the efficiency of your air conditioner.

Beyond the SEER rating, is my air conditioner energy efficient?

After determining the SEER rating of your system, here are some other important questions to ask when you’re determining whether or not your air conditioner is operating efficiently:

If you have any questions about whether or not your air conditioner is energy efficient, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Des Peres, Frontenac and Ladue, MO.

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