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What Is A Good SEER Rating For Your New AC?

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Are you in the process of buying a new AC unit? When looking for a new air conditioning system, you’ll probably be presented with a lot of different air conditioner types. Do you want a central AC system? Do you want a programmable thermostat? What brands do you prefer?

Another factor you might be asked to consider is the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. You’ll see that every AC system comes with a SEER rating. This is a term that is somewhat new for many customers and an aspect of the selection process we’d like to help others understand better.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is a gauge of the efficiency of a particular air conditioning unit. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.

Now, this doesn’t mean that a higher rated unit will be able to reach cooler temperatures than a unit with a lower SEER rating. Each model will each be able to cool the air to the same degree. What the higher rating does mean is that the unit will use less energy to do the same job.

In general, seeking out a model with a higher SEER is preferable because not only will it be highly efficient, but also it will be cheaper to run. Although older AC systems have ratings of six, or even lower, any units manufactured for the US after January 2006 were required to have a minimum SEER rating of 13. Depending on the brand, you can now even find units with ratings of 26 or higher. The energy requirement doesn’t apply to window units, so some of those systems still have SEER ratings of 10, or even lower.

Central AC systems with ratings less than 9 are rare to see these days, because many of these units are being replaced with newer, more efficient models. If your air conditioner is more than 10 to 15 years old, it could be time to invest in a new system. Even if you hate the idea of losing an AC you’re familiar with, upgrading to a new model truly is worth it. Consider this: the Department of Energy estimates that by upgrading from a unit with a 9 SEER rating to a 13, you can save about $300 per year! Today’s highest quality air conditioners use 30 to 50% less energy to generate the same amount of cooling as air conditioners made in the 1970s.

When you are consulting with an HVAC professional regarding a new air conditioning system for your home, ask what SEER rating he or she would recommend. The overall performance of an AC system will depend on the SEER, installation and required maintenance.

ABC Can Help You Select And Install A New Air Conditioner

Purchasing a new heating and cooling system is a big investment. With so many options and features, most homeowners find it a challenge to fully understand how different models stack up. That’s where the trusted technicians at ABC Home & Commercial Services come in. Our experts can help you weigh whether to keep an aging system going, when it’s time to purchase a new unit and how your preferences and needs can inform your decision about what type of AC to buy. Once you’ve made an informed decision, ABC can handle the installation, periodic maintenance and any needed repairs. As a full-service provider, you can trust ABC to keep your home comfortable, today and in the future.

Les Stobart

Les joined ABC in 2008 as the Director of Marketing, overseeing marketing, advertising, and communications for ABC’s branches. Les started the Lean Line, Online Chat departments, and manages corporate recruiting. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communications & Advertising from Lamart University. He has been part of the Texas Banking Association, a Financial Literacy Volunteer Teacher, ABC Kite Fest Board of Directors, a Town & Country Youth Soccer Coach, and a Neighborhood Sports flag football coach.

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