When you want to know how energy-efficient your air conditioner is, take a close look at the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. Here’s what you should know about the SEER rating and what it says about your Conroe-area home’s energy efficiency.
What a SEER Rating Means
Seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER, ratings reveal how much energy an air conditioning system needs in order to produce a certain amount of cooling. Essentially, the SEER rating tells you how energy-efficient an air conditioner is.
Including this rating on air conditioning systems has been mandatory for about 10 years, and newer systems are required to have a SEER rating of 13 or above. Older air conditioners might have SEER ratings of 10 or even as low as six since minimum efficiency standards have evolved over time. The most efficient systems top out at 25, the maximum SEER rating.
What You Can Do About Your SEER Rating
As air conditioners adopt improved technology and become more efficient, national energy standards continue to develop. That means older air conditioners with lower SEER ratings slowly become obsolete as they fail to meet minimum standards. Though you don’t have to replace an outdated HVAC system the moment it fails to meet national standards, doing just that might be in your best interest.
Purchasing a new air conditioner requires an investment up front, but a new system can also save you in the long run. When you choose a system with a higher SEER rating, you can feel confident that it will offer energy savings as well as lower utility bills. Be sure to consult with an experienced air conditioner technician to understand what SEER rating would work best in your home, from an energy-efficient Carrier system with a SEER rating of 17 to a Carrier unit that boasts a SEER rating of 21.