Buying A New Air Conditioner? What To Know About The SEER Rating


Do you need to purchase a new air conditioner, but are a bit confused by all of the different ratings that each air conditioner has and what makes them different? Here is what you need to know about the SEER rating, which you will be seeing on every central air conditioner that is sold.

What Is A SEER Rating?

SEER is an acronym that stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating, and it's a way to essentially measure how energy efficient one air conditioner is when compared to another. A higher SEER rating is going to be better than a lower SEER rating, with most modern air conditioners having a SEER rating between 13 and 21. This should give you a good idea of how any air conditioner performs.

Should You Only Look At The SEER Rating? 

Selecting an air conditioner is not always as easy as selecting a model based on this number. While the SEER rating is based on the overall performance of the air, there are some features that actually go into that rating that you should be looking for. A good air conditioner should have a variable speed fan and a two-stage compressor. This allows the air conditioner to use less energy when operating when the temperature is not that hot outside by running the compressor or fan with less electricity.

Is An Air Conditioner With A Very High SEER Rating Worth It?

You may assume that you need to have an air conditioner with the best SEER rating, but that is not necessarily true. While a unit with a high SEER rating is going to be the most energy-efficient air conditioner that you can buy, it is likely not very cost-effective. You must ask yourself if you are going to recuperate the cost of the air conditioner in the form of lower cooling bills in the summer. If not, then you may want to select an air conditioner that has a lower SEER rating and is more affordable. Of course, if your only focus is using less energy to protect the environment, then a high SEER rating may be a good thing to base a decision on.

An HVAC technician can help you with selecting your air conditioner that has a good balance of energy efficiency and initial cost. They'll help look at your home and its specific needs and make a recommendation from there.

To learn more, contact a local air conditioning service.


9 December 2020

Learning About HVAC Services

Hi there, I am Nadine Bachmier. I am going to discuss the various ways HVAC contractors can keep the temperatures in your business stable. HVAC contractors focus on maintaining and repairing the air conditioner, furnace, and ductwork used in your building. To keep the heating and cooling system in good shape, contractors may need to replace internal components, clean out channels, or simply perform a full upgrade. I will talk about the tools and techniques used to maintain and repair the equipment in your building. I will also share information about new products as they hit the HVAC market. I hope you will follow along and learn all you can.