Before you think about getting a new air conditioner installed, it is important that you understand SEER. This term gets thrown around a lot when talking about cooling units. That is because it is the rating which determines the efficiency of your air conditioner. Here you will learn all about it and why it is so important.

What is SEER?

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SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and it measures the cooling efficiency of an air conditioner over an average cooling season, divided by the energy usage

in Watt-Hours. Similar like the miles per gallon your car gets, you strive for higher gas mileage because it saves you money. The higher your SEER rating, the lower your monthly energy costs. Efficiency also coincides with comfort. So the higher the number, the more comfort you’ll get.

What is a Good SEER Rating?

If you want to keep energy costs low, you should always strive for a higher rating. The minimum standard SEER rating is 13 for air conditioners. Today’s average air conditioners range from 13 to 21. If a system is ENERGY STAR qualified, it has a SEER of 14.5. Trane’s air conditioners can reach an upper end of up to 22, which can make the initial installation worth it with the energy savings you get over the years. Trane’s selection of air conditioners allow you to filter results by SEER rating, so you can compare and contrast the different results.

What is My A/C’s SEER Rating?

You can find out what your air conditioner’s SEER rating is by a number of ways:

  • The yellow and black EnergyGuide sticker on the unit outside.
  • A piece of paper attached to the air handler or indoor unit.
  • The model number of the product typically references the SEER rating. For example, a model number like XV18 represents 18 SEER.
  • Contact the manufacturer of your system with the model and serial number.

What Rating Does My Home Need?

There’s not a definitive answer because every home is unique in location and size. The best way to determine what you need is to call a professional to come out to your home to show you your options. It is also important to ask yourself what you want from your air conditioner. Higher efficiency, quiet, or a good value? Poorman’s offers a number of different air conditioners with different SEER ratings. We also provide free estimates for those interested in a new system and want to explore their options. Click here if you are interested in our service, or call us to get started (260) 422-3534.