Everything You Need to Know About SEER Ratings

Choosing a new system can be overwhelming, aggravating, and downright frustrating. With all kinds of different brands, sizes, and options, it’s easy get lost in the mysterious world of AC units. More importantly, you’re probably wondering what AC unit can give you the best bang for your buck and be most efficient. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Introducing SEER ratings! 

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.  HVAC professionals use it as a metric to determine how efficient a given AC unit is. It is a ratio that measures how much cool air is created for each unit of electricity used. Thus, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the unit is. This of course means the higher the SEER rating, the more money you save on your electric bills.

Understanding what SEER ratings are is a critical factor when it comes to choosing a new unit. Picking a system with a higher SEER rating can help you save hundreds of dollars. If you are a proponent of going green and helping the environment, a high SEER unit reduces waste and emissions compared to a lower SEER unit. However, the higher SEER rated units tend to be more expensive, so it’s important to consider your unique needs and goals.

You can think of a SEER rating like the Miles Per Gallon (MPG) your car gets. You can buy a car with high MPG, but depending on how you drive and terrain, it will vary in efficiency. The same is true with a high ranking SEER AC unit. It is important to understand that efficient habits will improve any system’s performance.

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The Bottom Line

Bottom line is, SEER ratings are important when considering long term efficiency and environmental impact for your unit. Higher SEER units will be more efficient and, unfortunately, more expensive. Ultimately, it comes down the unique situation for your home and family. We recommend exploring as many options as you can when it comes to finding a new unit. Make sure to call your local Zen Air with any questions!