What Is It?
Here at Comfort Solutions Heating & Cooling we are getting a lot of questions asking what SEER means? The quotes that people are getting when looking to add an air conditioner or heat pump will usually list the SEER as well as other information to help people decide which unit is best for their home.
People don’t spend a lot of time explaining what it means. Usually, you get information on the benefits of each unit and rarely touch on what it is and how it can give you information on each air conditioner.
What does SEER stand for?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This means that the amount of cooling that is produced to cool the home during the cooling season(the BTU’s) is divided by the amount of electricity used. The higher the SEER rating the better the air conditioner’s efficiency.
If you are looking for a unit that has an Energy Star Label, then those units will be at a 15 SEER or higher.
Even the basic models nowadays have a higher SEER than those from 15-20 years ago. You have to keep in mind that even those that have a high SEER, like a 21 SEER, will not always perform at that level. It just means that it can get up that high, but may in fact go lower.
A SEER rating isn’t the only determination of efficiency. You need to take into account the quality and longevity of the unit, how often you plan to run it, the EER rating, what temperature you plan to keep your home at, as well as the size of the unit. Your sales consultant can help you in determining which size if right for your home.
The SEER is only a part of what can help you decide which unit is right for you. Contact us for a free quote to help you decide which unit is best for your home.