The Basics of SEER Ratings

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Are you shopping for a new air conditioner? You might be surprised by the volume of available options. There are certainly many considerations, including brand, capacity and price. You may also notice that models are given a specific SEER rating.

What Is a SEER Rating?

SEER is an acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. And, this rating is an important tool for comparing air conditioners because it can help you determine a model’s specific level of energy efficiency.  In other words, it will provide insight into how much you’ll be spending each month on your utility bill. The SEER rating was introduced by the U.S. Department of Energy specifically to help consumers make educated buying decisions when it comes to their HVAC systems.

The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient an air conditioning unit will be. The average 10-year-old unit typically has a SEER rating of less than 10. Today, the federal minimum is 13, and you’ll find many models have SEER ratings of 18 and above. You will pay more for a unit with a higher SEER rating. However, you will save on monthly utility bills. Often, you can lower your upfront costs with available tax credits and rebates.

Making the Right Choice

An air conditioner is a substantial, long-term investment in your home. It’s important to choose the right one for your needs. While it’s smart to research your options, you will also want to work with a qualified, experienced HVAC system installer who has the experience and knowledge to help you choose the best option, based on your home’s specifications and usage patterns.

At Chandler Air, we are dedicated to ensuring you get the best AC unit for your home or place of business. With the right choice, you’ll have many years of hassle-free cool air while also saving monthly on your utilities. Call us for a free estimate on the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning unit. We carry top brands including American Standard. We cover the greater Phoenix metro area and are always here to answer your questions. Call us today at (480) 899-0267.