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SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is a number that ranks and measures how efficient your air conditioning system is. When you purchase a new air conditioning system you want to make sure you get the most you can for the amount of money in your budget. Therefore, SEER is an important number to keep in mind. It will ultimately dictate how expensive your energy bills are for the cooling season. SEER is a simple mathematical equation that divides the output of your air conditioning unit during the cooling season (measured in BTUs) by the amount of energy it consumes during that same time period (measured in watt-hours). The higher the rate of a given air conditioner, the less energy it will need to cool your home effectively.
What is a Good SEER Rating?
The current SEER minimum rating available for purchase (of newly modeled manufactured air conditioners) is 13. This minimum has been in place since January 2006, which replaced the prior minimum rate of 10. If your home has an older air conditioning model and is below a rating of 13, it is considered a low efficiency rating and depending on your monthly electricity charges in the summer, it may be a good idea to look into what a higher SEER could do for you in the long run. In order for a system to qualify for an Energy Star rating, the SEER must meet a minimum standard of 14. However, the ratings go much high then that and can be found as high as 21.