Anyone shopping for a new air conditioner has likely been hearing the term “SEER rating”. What is it, and why is it important? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Technically, it’s the ratio of the cooling output to the electric energy input during a typical cooling season. In other words, it indicates how efficient an air conditioner is. Since energy use is becoming a concept we’re becoming more concerned about, either because of resource conservation or because of increasing energy costs, SEER ratings can be important to consider when shopping for a unit.
It’s hard to say what is a “good” rating or a “bad” rating. Older units might have SEER ratings of 10 or 12. However, the minimum in Oklahoma is now 14. Though the actual numbers of the ratings are close together, it’s a pretty significant difference between a SEER rating of 14 and 10 given that it represents a ratio.
At the upper end of the spectrum, you might find air conditioners with SEER ratings of 20 or 22. At this point, this represents the cream of the crop. Anyone who really wants to lower his or her carbon footprint while still enjoying a cool home can look into these types of cooling systems.
Higher SEER ratings aren’t necessarily better for everyone. Air conditioners with high SEER ratings are usually much more expensive than other types. It comes down to your preferences and budget. You also have to think about your energy usage when determining how high of a SEER rating would be ideal for you.
If you need assistance with selecting and installing a new air conditioner, Above and Beyond Heating & Cooling is here to help. At our family-owned business, we always keep our customers’ interests in mind. We are pleased to serve customers in Edmond and the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Give us a call to speak about any services you’re interested in. We look forward to hearing from you.