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What Does SEER Mean and Why is it Important?

What Does SEER Mean and Why is it Important?

When investing in a new air conditioning system, it is important to keep in mind a unit’s SEER rating. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating determines a unit’s energy efficiency. Since air conditioning units are typically the biggest energy users in your home, you want to make sure your unit has the best SEER rating possible. Here’s a quick break down of SEER ratings.

What is a SEER rating?

In short, a SEER rating is the set of standards HVAC equipment manufacturers must meet. These standards were set by the United States Department of Energy. The efficiency of air conditioners is rated by SEER, which measures the air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency. When you’re shopping for cars, you look at the miles per gallon. When you’re shopping for HVAC units, you look at the SEER rating. Other factors can also affect the efficiency of an HVAC system. Living in areas where the temperature changes frequently can cause even the highest-rated HVAC units to go below their set SEER rating.

How do you calculate SEER?

SEER ratings are calculated by dividing the energy output by the electrical energy input during a set time frame. It can also be calculated by dividing the cooling or heating power by the amount of energy used during “cooling season.” Cooling seasons is when the system would be working the hardest to maintain a constant temperature inside while the temperature fluctuates outside.

Where can I get a unit with a good SEER rating?

You can call one of our specialists at (210)-888-9506 to help you find the best SEER rating for your needs.