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What SEER Rating Should I Look For in a New AC Unit?

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you’ve likely heard a lot about SEER ratings without any explanation of what SEER means. Here’s everything you need to know about what SEER means, why it’s important and how it should affect your search for a new AC.

What is a SEER Rating?

SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is sort of like the miles per gallon in a car. It is the ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over a typical cooling season, divided by Watt-Hours of energy it uses. 

Simply put, a SEER rating tells you how energy-efficient an AC is at its best. Like your car’s miles per gallon, the efficiency can be worse but not better than the SEER rating. Certain factors, including how well the AC is taken care of and abnormal weather, can cause the system to operate at a lower efficiency.

Why is a High SEER Rating Important?

The SEER rating exists to tell you how well your AC will perform. While there is no specific SEER number that tells you the best or worst AC system, there are benefits to having a system with a higher SEER rating.

  • Higher Efficiency: Ditching an old AC for one with a higher SEER rating means that your system will be more energy-efficient. Not only will it cool your home with more ease, but it will also lower your energy bill.
  • Humidity: A system with higher efficiency is better at cooling your home and better at removing moisture from the air. This means more comfort and better air quality for your home.
  • Better for the Environment: Energy-efficient AC units require less energy, meaning they contribute less to greenhouse gas emissions and have a lower environmental impact.
  • Incentives: There are minimum SEER ratings in different regions for new AC installations. Replacing an old unit with one that has a higher SEER rating could come with government incentives or manufacturer rebates to help with installation costs.

What SEER Rating Should I Look For?

As we said before, there isn’t a perfect SEER number to look for. Any rating of 13 or over is great, especially if your old unit was much lower. Depending on the old and new SEER ratings, you could double your efficiency and dramatically reduce your energy bill.

Lee’s Air & Plumbing provides AC replacement Fresno can trust. For more information on SEER ratings and AC replacement, contact Lee’s Air & Plumbing.

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