SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a term you will hear a lot if you are searching for a new HVAC system. SEER is a metric that is used to determine how efficient a air conditioning unit is. In other words it tells you how much cool air is created for each unit of electricity is used. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is.  While units with a higher SEER rating will cost more, they will save you more in the long run on your energy bills.

SEER ratings are really important to consider when you are shopping for a new unit. If it is your goal to be more energy efficient, then a high SEER unit reduces waste and emissions compared to a low SEER unit.  Shopping with the consideration of SEER rating is similar to thinking about how many miles per gallon a car gets when you are car shopping.  While getting the most energy efficient is ideal, that is not always attainable for most people due to the high cost.

Most brands offer a variety of units with SEERs from 14 to 22 and the price difference between the lowest and highest option can be as much as $2500 or maybe even more.  Many consumers opt to go middle of the road with a SEER of 18.

If you have questions about AC units and the differences between them, feel free to give Airtech Heating & Cooling Services.

 

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