Installation Factors That Can Impact SEER Rating Of Air Conditioners

If you’re a home or business owner who has decided to replace your old air conditioner with one offering a high SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating), good for you – it’s a smart move. However, as trusted San Francisco air conditioning installation experts, we know that proper installation is critical to achieving the SEER rating stated on the yellow EnergyGuide label.

Here are a few considerations that could undercut your efforts to achieve a high SEER rating:

Tight ducts. Before your new air conditioning system goes into place, work with your San Francisco HVAC contractor to ensure that any leaks or cracks in your ducts are tightly sealed. Additionally, consider insulating ductwork in unconditioned spaces, as thermal loss and ducts that leak can cause your system’s cooling potential to be reduced by up to 35%.

Make sure you have adequate airflow. Your A/C system cannot achieve an adequate temperature change without good airflow. Whether the layout of the ducts is bad, equipment is mismatched, or ducts are too small, make sure your air conditioning technician inspects all of these factors to ensure proper airflow. Inside and outside components of your HVAC system should be equal.

Size. When it comes to cooling your Bay Area home, bigger is not better contrary to popular belief. A system that is too large for your home will shut on and off too often, which means humidity will not be sufficiently removed. When the system is too small, it will have to work overtime in an effort to keep your home more comfortable – and it likely won’t achieve this goal.

Charge. When having your new air conditioner installed, your HVAC technician should measure the refrigerant level. You may be surprised to learn that a full 70% of systems have an incorrect charge! Your system’s performance will suffer when even a small variance from the desired charge exists.

For expert air conditioning installation in your San Francisco area home or business, contact the experts at Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning today!