What SEER Rating Do You Need?
Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) determines how energy efficient an air conditioner is per season/region. The more cool air the system puts out for each unit of energy consumed, the higher the rating it will receive due to its energy efficiency. SEER is measured as the seasonal BTU output of cooling divided by the seasonal watt-hours used.
Buying an air conditioner with the highest SEER rating does not mean it will be the most efficient for your home. You must take into account the size of your space to get the right sized air conditioner. Buying a unit that is too large for your home will result in your unit short cycling and wasting electricity, regardless of the SEER rating. The lowest acceptable SEER score according to the government is 13, but to qualify as an ENERGY STAR product, the unit must be ranked as a minimum of 14 and maximum of 27.2. It is also important to take into account your region when looking at SEER ratings. It is more logical for a warmer climate, such as Florida, to invest in a high SEER air conditioner as opposed to someone who lives in the North East where there are only a few months of warm temperature.
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If you already have a correctly sized ac unit installed in your home or office, there are additional savings that can come from upgrading your unit to one with a higher SEER rating. For example, if you currently have a unit with a 7 rating and you upgrade to a 16 SEER rating, you can reduce your electricity usage by about 60%.
Give All Year Cooling a call if you need help identifying which SEER rating is the best fit for your space. We’ve installed more than 150,000 units to date and offer same-day service with a $0 deposit on all work. We want to make sure you feel confident in your decision and strongly believe that the job is not done until you are satisfied.