SEER Ratings Explained

October 20, 2020

All HVAC systems have what is called a SEER rating. This rating helps to explain the working efficiency of a unit. It’s helpful for both technicians and homeowners to understand what it is. What exactly is the SEER rating, and how do you find yours? Follow along for the quick scoop.

What Does SEER Stand For?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is represented by a number that reflects system cooling efficiency. This figure is found by using the cooling output for a typical cooling season and dividing it by the total electric energy input during that same time span. It is also important to note that this SEER rating represents the maximum possible fueling efficiency of your system, even if your system doesn’t exactly perform to that maximum potential for some reason.

What Are Good SEER Numbers?

Knowing what SEER numbers are is a great thing, but if you don’t know what good numbers are, then it might not help much. What we would call “good” or very efficient numbers would be anything from 13 to 21. The higher the number, the better the maximum possible cooling efficiency. The popular Energy Star seal that most modern appliance manufacturers aim to procure requires at least a 14.5 SEER rating.

What’s My Home’s Ideal SEER Number?

The U.S. Department of Energy utilizes regional designation to help identify ideal SEER ratings per the individual home. However, most homes across the varying regions are said to best benefit from the use of a 13-14 SEER-rated unit. Many factors go into determining a home’s individual and best SEER rating. These include size, material make-up, location, and other factors.

Your home and cooling system’s efficiency is what our business is all about. Whether you need basic advice, system repair work, or an entire HVAC system overhaul, ACR Air Conditioning & Heating has got you covered. Give us a call today, and see why we provide the best heating and cooling service the Lake Charles, LA, area has to offer.

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