What’s a SEER Rating?

seer-ratingWhen you’re shopping for a new air conditioning unit for your home, something to look out for is the “SEER” rating. The more energy-efficient an air conditioner is, the less energy it uses cooling your home, which results in reduced utility bills.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and should be an important deciding factor in which air conditioning unit you ultimately choose.

What a good SEER rating is depends on many factors. The minimum federally-regulated rating is a 13 or 141, but a SEER rating can be as high as 25. To find a unit’s SEER rating, check the yellow sticker titled “EnergyGuide” found on each air conditioning unit, and it will display the rating. In addition, the SEER rating can be found on the manufacturer label at the beginning of the model number. For example, if a model number begins with “12AC,” that means the air conditioning unit has a SEER rating of 12.

Even though the number of a SEER rating is important to recognize, it is not the only thing you should take into consideration.

While SEER ratings are important, here are a few other things to consider before purchasing your next unit:

  • What size system do I need?
  • Do I need multiple heating and cooling zones?
  • Do I need to address humidity concerns, either too humid or too dry?
  • What sort of filtration and indoor air quality options are available?

If you are thinking about buying a new central air conditioning unit or have further questions about SEER ratings, give RighTime Home Services a call at (714) 793-0739 or visit https://www.rightimeservices.com.

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