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Heating and Air Conditioning Frequently Asked Questions

What is a SEER Rating?

A SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) is the rating and performance standards that have been developed by the U.S. government and equipment manufacturer’s to produce an energy consumption rating that is easy to understand by consumers. It has a universal formula and conditioning that can be applied to all units and compensates for varying weather conditions. Basically, the lower the SEER rating, the more energy (electricity) is required to produce the desired effect. In other words, low SEER = low efficiency.

SEER rating = BTU ÷ (W·h)

EXAMPLE: SEER OF “6” (6 is a very common rating for very old units produced prior to the 1990’s, when energy was relatively inexpensive)

A Minimum SEER OF “13” is required by federal law for heat pumps manufactured in 2006 or later.

What Makes Some SEER Ratings Lower Than Others?

Some systems are higher in Efficiency than others depending on many different variables. Motor speeds, compressor speeds and coils are just a few differentials. The most important factors in seer ratings is the proper sizing of the equipment so that it reduces the number of run cycles per hour, per day and per season. Typically, installed equipment only operates at 55% to 70% of rated capacity. Equipment ratings are only the potential efficiency of that component of the system under perfect conditions. Over half of the system’s efficiency depends on the efficiency of the ductwork system and quality of the field-installation. Many factors will determine the SEER rating, we can inspect and test your sytem to determine what can be done to improve it’s efficiency.

How Many Times A Year Should I Have My System Serviced?

You should have your system maintained 2 times a year. Once in the cooling season and once in the heating season. Every 6 months. Click here to learn about our Maintenance Agreements.

But you should change your filters EVERY month.

Why Won’t My System Go On?”

First check to see if all your breakers are in the on position. Are you on the FPL on-call program? If you are check to see If the light is red, if it is FPL has you turned off. Check to see if your thermostat is working. The battery may need to be replaced. Check your drain line. If its plugged the float switch may have shut down your unit.

How Do I Set My Humidistat When I’m Home?

Leave the humidistat in the on position and set your thermostat to the desired temperature.

How Do I Set My Humidistat When I Go Away?

Set your humidistat to 60%. Set your thermostat to the cool position and set the temperature to 80 degrees.