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What Does SEER Rating Mean for an Air Conditioner?

September 10, 2020 | Blog

If you’ve ever shopped for a new AC, you probably heard the term “SEER rating.” But what exactly is a SEER rating? Why is it so important?

SEER Rating Definition

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. A SEER rating is a number that represents how much energy an AC will consume over a cooling season. Basically, it’s a way to measure the energy efficiency of an AC.
Air conditioners on the market today range from 13 to 25 SEER. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient it is – and the less energy the AC will use as it runs.

Finding Your AC’s SEER Rating

In 2006, the Department of Energy upped the minimum SEER rating for all new AC units to 13. Before then, ACs could have ratings as low as six. In order to find your AC’s SEER rating, look for a yellow and black sticker on the outside of your AC’s condenser.
Locating your AC’s SEER rating can help you determine if your current AC is in need of an upgrade. Cooling systems with ratings lower than 13 are typically inefficient, more prone to breakdowns and cost more to run.

Benefits of Upgrading to a High SEER Rating AC

When deciding whether or not to upgrade to a newer AC, a unit’s SEER rating is an important factor to consider. Not only do AC units with higher SEER ratings require less energy to operate, but they also run more quietly, come with advanced technology, function more efficiently, are more reliably built, last longer and, most importantly, save you money.
Investing in a high SEER rating AC will ultimately result in lower energy bills and maintenance costs. If you’re interested in finding out exactly how much money a certain rating could save you, feel free to check out this handy SEER rating calculator made by SEER Energy Savings.
There’s nothing more important than feeling comfortable in your own home. If you’re experiencing issues with your current AC and are considering replacing it with a more efficient and dependable unit, contact Big Mountain Air today.

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