Choosing a new system can be overwhelming, aggravating, and downright frustrating. With different brands, sizes, and options, it’s easy get lost in the world of mysterious and unfamiliar AC units. More importantly, you’re probably wondering what AC unit can give you the best bang for your buck and be most efficient. Well, fear no more! Introducing SEER ratings
What Does SEER Mean?
SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a metric used 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. Most importantly, the more efficient the unit is, the more money you can potentially save in long-term energy costs!
SEER ratings are a critical factor to understand when choosing a new unit and 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 are more expensive, so it’s important to consider your unique needs and goals.
A simple way to help you understand SEER ratings is to think about 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.
What is the best SEER rating?
There is no right answer to this question, as it all pertains to personal choice and short term vs long term risk and reward. Paying a premium for high SEER equipment initially will pay off with energy savings in the long run. Some experts even say that a high SEER system can pay for itself in less than 10 years. However, if money is tight and you can’t wait that long for a return on your investment, a lower SEER system may be the best. A safe bet is to aim for a unit between SEER 14 and SEER 16.
It is important to understand that SEER ratings represent an average summer with temperatures ranging from 60-100 degrees fahrenheit. Further, SEER ratings are on a maximum scale, which means that your unit could run as high as it’s rating, but will not always perform at that level.
The Bottom Line
All said, SEER ratings are important when considering long term efficiency and environmental impact for your unit. Higher SEER units will be more efficient but more expensive. Ultimately, it comes down to personal choice and your values for your home and family. We recommend exploring many different options when it comes to finding a new unit. Make sure to call your local TemperaturePro with any questions!