Which SEER Rating Should I Purchase?

December 17, 2019

When it comes to choosing the right air conditioning system for your home, one of the primary considerations for most people is the SEER rating. The SEER rating is a quick and convenient way to compare different systems. It also helps judge their efficiency and effectiveness. SEER is an acronym for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. It refers to a particular unit’s cooling output during a typical season, divided by the number of Watt-Hours of energy it uses.

Similar to Miles Per Gallon in a Car

SEER is basically a fuel-efficiency rating for your air conditioner. It is like miles per gallon for a motor vehicle. The fuel efficiency of a motor vehicle can vary widely based on how it is operated, and that is true for an air conditioner too. Regardless of the unit’s SEER rating, if it is constantly being run at full power or the homeowner changes the thermostat setting all the time, forcing the unit to work harder than it should, actual performance might not be in line with the rating.

Modern AC Units Have 13 or 14 Minimum SEER Ratings

The requirements for new AC units vary from state to state, but most states have a minimum SEER requirement of 13 or 14 and maximums might range up to between 21 and 25. Older units might have SEER ratings as low as eight or nine, so most modern AC units are significantly more efficient.

If you’re looking for a new AC unit for use in your home or business, you can trust the experienced technicians at Hopkins Air Conditioning, Inc. in West Palm Beach to help you evaluate the options available. We’ll be happy to examine the space you want to keep cool and suggest an AC that’s right for your comfort and your budget. We also have the expertise to handle other areas of your home comfort. We specialize in:

  • Heating and AC Installation and Repair
  • Commercial Heating and AC
  • Zoning Systems
  • Air Balancing
  • Sunsource Solar Energy
  • Residential Indoor Climate Optimization

If you have a heating or cooling emergency, we’re available 24/7 to solve it. We also have an A+ rating with the BBB. Call us today in West Palm Beach to schedule a consultation, and we’ll help you keep cool and within your budget!

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