What’s A SEER Rating?

As you start looking into air conditioning installation in Kissimmee, you will notice that the systems available at All Temp, all have a SEER rating. This is an important piece of information regarding any unit as it essentially lets you know how efficient it is. As such, you want to choose a system with a better SEER rating. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what the SEER rating means and how it is determined.

Calculating The SEER

The SEER Rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is the measure that is used to compare the cooling efficiency of the heat pump and air conditioning. To determine its efficiency, you take the cooling output for a standard cooling season and divide this figure by the total amount of electric energy input within this same time frame. Because of the way the calculation works, the higher the SEER rating, the better it is as this indicates better energy efficiency.

Finding the SEER Rating

It should not be a challenge to locate the SEER rating for a particular unit. Most will have a yellow sticker with the words “Energy Guide” on it and the SEER rating. In the case of air conditioning units, the SEER rating should also be on the manufacturer label, somewhere near the top and close to where the serial number and model are found. To determine the SEER rating on the manufacturer’s label, just check the model number and the digits in front will be the rating. If the model number starts with 14AC, the SEER rating is 14.

What Types of SEER Ratings Are Good?

Unless you are an HVAC professional, you probably won’t know off the top of your head what kind of SEER rating is a good figure. Federal regulations require air conditioning units to have a rating of at least 13 or 14, but it can be up to 25.

While you always want a larger number, every home is different, and the system you had before affects the rating you should get. You will need to consider how often you use the air conditioning, the climate in your area, the new system’s size, and how long you will live in your current home. In most cases, if your home usually had a SEER rating of 8, 9, or 10, going with a 13 SEER-rated unit should be okay. Remember that as you increase the SEER rating of a unit, its price will also go up. Sometimes, the energy savings of the unit simply won’t make up for this increase in price. Because of this, you will want to work with your HVAC professional to make other changes that improve your property’s thermal rating.

When searching for air conditioning installation in Kissimmee, our team at All Temp can help you determine what SEER rating is best for your budget and efficiency needs. Contact us at 407-857-7800 (Kissimmee) or 813-630-9400 (Tampa) to learn more about our services.



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