What is SEER Rating (And Why Should You Care?)

What is SEER rating on an HVAC system? if you have been in the market for a new air conditioning unit, chances are you have heard this term before. SEER Rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating; in simplest terms, it is like the miles per gallon rating for your car. So what do you need to know about this rating? Lets dive in!

MPG For an HVAC System

Seasonal Energy Efficiency measures your system’s pump efficiency, which is calculated by the heating or cooling output for a typical season divided by the total electric energy input during the set time frame. The rating is a MAXIMUM efficiency rating, much like miles per gallon is typically a measure of highway driving; it measures the system’s efficiency at optimal performance.

What is a Good Rating?

Roughly 5 years ago, the minimum efficiency rating was raised to 14 by the U.S. Department of Energy. If you’re considering keeping your old unit or replacing it, consider this: if your unit’s rating is below 14, it would probably be a good idea to replace it. A unit that old is not only inefficient but it is approaching the point where repairs and electrical output will exceed the cost of a replacement. 

More Specifically, What is the Ideal SEER Rating for MY Home?

It is hard to give a quick answer to this question. There are a lot of factors to consider: your geographic reason, the size of your home, and personal preference all factor in to the best SEER rating. Bear in mind that the higher the SEER rating, the more the unit will cost. Give us a shout! We can help you determine the best SEER unit for your home.

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