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What Counts as a Good SEER Rating?

air-conditioner-money-saverWe’ve talked about air conditioning efficiency ratings before because they’re one of the first things people look for when considering the purchase and installation of a new air conditioning system. When you think of “energy efficiency,” you usually think of “money savings,” and you may be willing to pay for a more expensive air conditioning system if it rewards you with many years of lower-cost cooling performance.

But choosing an air conditioner based on the energy efficiency rating is trickier than it looks. The most efficient system may not be a cost-effective purchase. It may not even be the right system for your home. The efficiency of a cooling system only matters if the system can work at peak performance, and this is why we strongly recommend the you call our professionals when you plan for new air conditioning in Rolesville, NC.

Considering SEER Ratings Closer

Let’s get to the question in the title: what is a good SEER rating? You can probably guess based on what we just said that there is no single answer that works for everyone. “It depends” is the most accurate answer.

A quick refresher: SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) is the ratio of cooling a system generates to the amount of energy it uses as measured over an entire season. The number isn’t constant for the AC through the season, but rather its peak efficiency: a 22 SEER air conditioner will sometimes act like an 18 SEER AC.

The current minimum SEER for air conditioners is 15, raised by the Department of Energy from 13 SEER a few years ago. Older systems once averaged around 8 or 9 SEER, so you can see how much technology has improved.

So What Is a Good SEER Rating?

Honestly, any air conditioner of 15 SEER or over is a good air conditioner that will prevent energy waste as long as it’s professionally installed and sized for the house. If your previous AC was an old 8 SEER unit, jumping up to 15 SEER is a huge change.

The maximum SEER you’ll find today is around 28. These air conditioners have special technology, such as variable speed fans and multi-stage compressors. Keep in mind that the SEER ratings on these systems is the maximum efficiency; the AC may not often perform at that level in your house. This is why it’s important to have professionals work with you in choosing a new air conditioner. You don’t want to end up paying for a high-efficiency system that won’t be able to return the results you want in efficiency. Simply looking at a chart showing how much a higher efficiency unit can save you doesn’t mean you will save that amount if the AC performs at lower SEER most of the time.

Trust to Our Team for Your Air Conditioning Installation

Finding the ideal air conditioner is about balancing multiple factors along with SEER. You can trust our technicians with the knowledge that will ensure you end up with an air conditioner that keeps you cool and won’t break the bank.

Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers service throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Call today for air conditioning installation.

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