What is a Seer Rating?

Published on: April 9, 2013

Today’s air conditioning units offer comfortable home temperatures, user-friendly basic maintenance and improved energy efficiency. If you’ve had your current unit for more than 10 years, then you may consider purchasing one of these new systems. One of the most important factors in choosing new AC equipment is the SEER rating. If you are wondering “What is a SEER rating?” – you are not alone. The following information will answer your question in simple terms.

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which the HVAC industry uses to determine the energy efficiency of air conditioning equipment. By purchasing a system with a high SEER rating, you will have decreased utility bills, and your unit will use fewer natural resources to cool your home.

Air conditioners undergo testing to define their SEER rating. A unit that emits more cool air for each unit of energy it uses will have a higher score.

In 2006, the federal government issued new regulations that required air conditioning companies to construct equipment with a minimum SEER of 13. However, you can buy units with a SEER rating as high as 23. Keep in mind that an AC system with a high SEER will cost you more initially, but you will receive substantial savings on utility bills throughout the years. You should buy AC equipment with a SEER rating of at least 16 as this rating can provide huge energy savings over the system’s lifetime. Also, a unit with a 16 SEER will prevent about 30,000 pounds of greenhouse gases from entering the earth’s atmosphere.

Additional Energy Saving Tips

In addition to purchasing new energy efficient equipment, you may consider a few other ways that you can reduce your home’s energy consumption. For instance, be sure to seal the frames around all windows. If you buy new windows, you can replace them with insulated models with dual panes for even more energy savings. Insulation is another area that you may need to upgrade or replace. Your home’s ductwork could be leaking expensive air, but with tape or sealant, you can reinforce your ducts to prevent leaks. Check your registers because upgraded models may emit more cool air into your home. The addition of ceiling fans in the rooms where you spend the most time can further decrease your utility bills.

AC Maintenance

You may consider contacting us for AC services to maintain your equipment. With regular maintenance tune-ups, your unit will be more efficient as we will change your air filter and check your system for leaks. We also clean your air conditioner’s interior and exterior components to ensure that they are running properly. Our service team will inspect your equipment for standing water to prevent mold growth and lubricate the moving parts.

Air conditioning efficiency is an important consideration when you decide to upgrade your unit. By focusing on a unit that is environmentally friendly, you’ll be rewarded with a system that lowers your utility bills while keeping your home cool and comfortable.