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Air Conditioner Installation in Portland, OR 97214-2062
“Gordon did an excellent job of installing both central air conditioning and a new gas furnace. Tim assisted and both were professional and cleaned up afterwords. We still have four items that remain to be completed. They are: finish installing the UV light in the plenum, reconnect the water heater closer to chimney, repair plaster in ceiling where furnace vents out, and test run furnace.”
– Paul D.
Air Conditioner Maintenance in Woodburn, OR 97071
“My father, James a Larson, is 90 years old and very hard of hearing. He had asked me to be there while the service was performed. Justin called ahead of time to let us know he was on his way. Got a big star for that. Upon arrival, he introduced himself to both of us. Star two. Asked us what the problem was and then excused himself and went about his work. Explained that even though the air conditioning unit was an older model all systems were working properly. Justin did mention that by 2020 service on models with freeon (spelling) would become more complex. Appreciated Justin's work ethics. His friendliness. His job well done. Stars three, four and five. Thank you Justin”
– Justin B.
Air Conditioner Repair in Woodburn, OR 97071
“I left a review on google but I wanted to stop by your website and make sure you knew that I was very happy with your service today.
First of all everyone I interacted with was very nice and kind. I appreciated that you are also considered reliable in the Sr Estates where I live.
I love that you sent me a picture of the technician when you sent the notification as to when he was on his way. No one does that! It was an extra step that made me feel safe.
In addition I want to let you know this technician was really nice. Often the fellas who have come from other services seem to be bothered with my questions. But its my house and my equipment so I really appreciate it when the person in my house is willing to answer my questions.
I also really appreciated him showing me the bad part and showing me why it was bad. When I saw the new part I could clearly see the difference.
My AC is running beautifully now and I will be calling Bens Heating the next time I need a service checkup or something needs to be fixed.
Thank you so much for all your help!!!
– katherine b.
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When it comes to your air conditioner (A/C), a common term used in the HVAC business that you’re likely to see everywhere is your air conditioner’s SEER. But what exactly is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a rating system of the air conditioner’s cooling capacity to power input, i.e., it’s the ratio of the amount of cooling produced (in BTUs) divided by the amount of electricity (in watts) used. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s efficiency.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling units use more energy than any other system in your Portland, OR, home. So when you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ll want to pay attention to the SEER level of the different units you’re considering. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiency bang you’ll get for your efficiency buck.
The U.S. EPA requires residential air-conditioner systems manufactured after January 1, 2015, to have a minimum SEER rating of 14, while previously all systems manufactured after January 23, 2006, needed to have a minimum rating of 13 (with the exception of window units, being exempt from this law). Older air conditioners have a rating of 10 or under. You can usually find your system’s SEER rating on the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide sticker on the outside of your unit.
Saving Money by Upgrading
If your system is ten to 15 years old but continues keeping you cool in the summer, you might still want to consider investing in a newer unit. By upgrading to a modern, more efficient model, depending on your current unit’s SEER, you could save quite a bit of money annually on your cooling bill.
The Department of Energy has accessible online energy-efficiency calculators you can find to help you predict the energy costs you’ll save with different units carrying various SEER ratings. If you’d like a more precise analysis, call Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning, and we’d be happy to send one of our knowledgeable technicians out to go over the possible savings with you.
How to Decide Which SEER Is for You
To carry the Energy Star® label, an air conditioner must be in the top 25 percent of efficient models and have a minimum SEER of 14. But automatically purchasing an air conditioner with a higher SEER isn’t the go-to answer. Unfortunately, things aren’t that cut and dry. The SEER rating represents the potential efficiency of the unit under perfect conditions. Much of the system’s efficiency depends on the right sizing of the unit for your home, along with correct installation and an evaluation of other factors as well. For example, your duct work and windows may have leaks, thus directly affecting your energy savings.
Also, keep in mind that your air conditioner doesn’t operate within a vacuum. It’s directly tied to your furnace or heating system. Depending on what equipment you presently have and its age, this definitely factors into your air conditioner’s SEER rating. Even though your proposed new unit has an 18 SEER, once married to your current furnace, the SEER may decrease to a 15 or 16. What you need to aim for is the right-sized equipment operating at its optimal ratings within varying conditions for the best savings and comfort for you.
Ben’s Heating & Air Conditioning has specialist technicians who calculate these various factors when proposing the optimal system for your home, comfort, and budget. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to help you with any of your air-conditioner needs.
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