What Is a SEER Rating?

There are a lot of acronyms in the HVAC lexicon, and one fairly common one is SEER. What is SEER and how does it effect your energy bills? Let’s start with the first question. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Essentially it is how much of a cooling output your system has divided by all the electrical energy that goes into the unit. Both the output and the input are during the same period hence the ‘seasonal’ part of SEER.

What Should My SEER Rating Be?

Now on to what your rating should be. Most modern AC units are made with a minimum of a 13 SEER with the maximum getting higher all the time. If you have an older unit with a lower SEER than 13, it is highly recommended you upgrade to a newer system. Depending on the conditions of your home, you may be spending more to cool your home. It’s not just the savings which improve with a higher SEER rating. Your living situation will improve as well. Homes with a high SEER unit have a more even temperature and less humidity. In short, it is recommended your SEER is somewhere between 14 and 18.

If you’re looking for a more specific number, or are interested in installing a newer unit, make sure you contact us at Real HVAC Services. We’re here to help you find the unit which fits you best!