Shopping for an Air Conditioner? What Those Confusing Numbers Mean

Isn’t it fun shopping for a new air conditioner? You get to hear about things like BTU’s and SEER ratings. Well, maybe fun is the wrong word. How about intimidating? Let’s start with BTU. Ah yes, the old British Thermal Unit. We’re sure you know all about it since you always paid attention in your high school science class. It’s a measurement of the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one-degree Fahrenheit. Let’s put it into more understandable terms. A kitchen match produces about 1 BTU. An air conditioner is measured by the number of BTU’s it can REMOVE from the residential space. A typical air conditioner ranges from 18,000 to 60,000 BTU.
The other part of the equation is how efficiently those BTU’s are generated. When it comes to air conditioners, we are talking about the SEER and EER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. EER Stands for Energy Efficiency Rating.
Let’s break this down into terms that help you when it comes to shopping for a new air conditioner. The more BTU’s an air conditioning system in San Bernardino home produces, the greater the cooling capacity. A common misconception is that there’s a direct relationship between the size of the home and the number of BTU’s required. It’s much too simplistic to think of it in those terms. Our Sanborn’s technicians have the knowledge and experience to determine what size unit is proper for your home. An air conditioner that’s too large will be a waste of money and will not operate efficiently.
Once we determine what cooling capacity is best for your home, then we can talk about efficiency. When it comes to SEER and EER a higher number is always better. Our advice is to buy the highest rated (most efficient) air conditioner your budget allows. You will save money every month on lower utility bills. When you do business with Sanborn’s, you can be assured you will get a professional air conditioning installation, which is crucial to making sure your new system operates up to its efficiency rating.
Just know there’s no reason for you to dig out those old high school textbooks to make sure you get the right air conditioner for your home. Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating will do all the work for you. We can also handle all of your AC repairs in San Bernardino and Redlands, CA or anywhere else across the Inland Empire. Sanborn’s, 5-Star Comfort for 4 Generations