Category Archives: Energy Savings

How SEER, EER and COP Can Guide You to a More Efficient A/C

seer, eer and copIt’s important to invest in an efficient A/C system, but a layperson may have trouble understanding how to tell which systems are efficient and which aren’t. Fortunately there are guidelines out there to help you know. One of the most obvious of these is the Energy Star program, which highlights the most efficient systems. The measurements of SEER, EER and COP also help inform you of air conditioner efficiency.

Coefficient of Performance, or COP

The COP measures the power output of the system divided by the power input. When it comes to more complex processes, more factors go into deducing the power input, but regardless, the output will be in the form of a single number, such as 1 or 3.3. The higher the number, the more efficient the mechanism.

Energy Efficient Ratio, or EER

EER is the output cooling energy (in BTUs) divided by electrical input energy (in Watt-hours). EER it typically measured over the course of an hour. It tells you how efficient the A/C unit is at doing a constant amount of work over a given period of time. Remember, this is energy, not power. Again, the higher the number returned by EER, the better.

Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio, or SEER

SEER is similar to EER, but it’s designed to take into account the variations in conditions that can occur over long periods of time, hence the use of the term “seasonal.” The calculations get pretty complex, but what you need to know is that the larger the number, the better the system’s efficiency.

For more information on SEER, EER and COP, or for other home comfort needs, contact Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning today. We’ve been proudly serving the Route 495/128 area of Massachusetts since 1928.

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Ensure Your Attic Exhaust Fan Isn’t Stealing Cool Conditioned Air

attic exhaust fanSummer’s just around the corner, which means it’s just about time to turn on the air conditioner. With today’s high energy costs, homeowners are always looking for ways to reduce monthly energy bills. An attic exhaust fan can help, as it’s designed to reduce the temperature in your attic by pushing hot air out.  Read More Ensure Your Attic Exhaust Fan Isn’t Stealing Cool Conditioned Air >>

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The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours One

The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours OneSmart homeowners know that the only way to achieve real savings is by investing in energy saving measures which will deliver an energy-efficient home. Here we look at two scenarios – the new build and the existing home. Read More The Ultimate Energy-Efficient Home and How to Make Yours One >>

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Electricity Use and Your Heating and Cooling Systems: Don’t Fall for These Myths

electricity useAccording to the Energy Star program, heating and cooling operations in your home use almost 50 percent of the energy used. Responsible and budget-minded homeowners work on conserving energy and, in many ways, they do succeed, but some homeowners have myths about electricity use that keep them from reducing monthly costs. Read More Electricity Use and Your Heating and Cooling Systems: Don’t Fall for These Myths >>

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Upgrading Your Home Furnace? Supplemental Equipment to Consider

furnace featuresWhen you’re having a new furnace installed, consider adding supplemental furnace equipment at the same time. Doing this may save you money on additional service calls, and many types of additions make your furnace more energy efficient. Read More Upgrading Your Home Furnace? Supplemental Equipment to Consider >>

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Maximize Energy Dollars With an Energy Recovery or Heat Recovery Ventilator

Heat Recovery VentilatorFully ventilating the home for a daily dose of fresh air isn’t very practical on cold days in New England. If you would like to find relief from stuffy indoor air during the heating months, discover how energy recovery and heat recovery ventilators can supply fresh outdoor air to your home in a comfortable and efficient manner that won’t break the energy budget. Read More Maximize Energy Dollars With an Energy Recovery or Heat Recovery Ventilator >>

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Energy Bill Breakdown: Understand What You’re Paying For to Help Reduce Costs

energy bill breakdownAre you looking for ways to lower your energy consumption? Before you can make energy-saving changes that will reduce your annual utility bills, you need to determine where the energy you’re using actually goes. According to the federal Energy Star program, here’s the energy bill breakdown for an average home: Read More Energy Bill Breakdown: Understand What You’re Paying For to Help Reduce Costs >>

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Fall Holidays Are Coming: Use These Tips in Your Energy-efficient Home

energy-efficient homeThe final months of the year include a festive holiday season that often means decorations and lighting for many Massachusetts homeowners. Read More Fall Holidays Are Coming: Use These Tips in Your Energy-efficient Home >>

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Seal Home Air Leaks to Stop Fall’s Chill at the Door

seal home air leaks, Boston, MassachusettsIf you’re looking for one true way to save on energy costs this winter, seal home air leaks for maximum return on investment. There are a few different ways this can be done, depending on where the air leak is located. Read More Seal Home Air Leaks to Stop Fall’s Chill at the Door >>

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The Energy Star Logo Points Boston Area Homes Toward Better Efficiency

energy starIf you’re looking for ways to make your home more energy efficient, nothing packs a greater punch than replacing your old heating and cooling equipment with a new, more energy efficient version. Just look for the Energy Star logo, which can guide you to savings. Read More The Energy Star Logo Points Boston Area Homes Toward Better Efficiency >>

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