What is a SEER?

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, when you see the word ‘seer’ you may think of a wizard who can see the future with their inner eye. Unfortunately when it comes to air conditioning, the term SEER means something entirely different and a lot less fun. If you are shopping for a new air conditioning system, you’ll see and hear the term used and it’s a good idea to know exactly what it means because although it won’t allow you to see into the future, it will impact your future utility bills.

A SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is what measures the relative amount of energy needed to provide a specific cooling output. The higher the SEER, the more efficient your AC will be. Many older units have a SEER around 6 or even less. This doesn’t mean much unless you know that the current minimum standard is 13. That means any air conditioning system manufactured today must be at least 13 SEER, which is already more than double the efficiency of a unit with a SEER of 6. The most efficient units have SEER ratings in the twenties with the standards and technology improving constantly.

You can consider SEER when you are determining whether you need to upgrade your system and when you are picking out a new system. If you are wondering if a new AC system will be worth your investment if you current one still technically works, consider the impact on your electric bill. If you have a SEER of less than 6 and you upgrade to a new system with a SEER of 20, you can expect to see an instant savings on your utility bill which will help offset the cost of a new unit.

Air conditioning systems decline in efficiency over the years, which is why it is important to consider SEER ratings when purchasing a new system. The best way to ensure your unit stays efficient through the years is through routine maintenance. When you need the kind of air conditioning service Glendale residents trust, Premier Air is available to help with all of your maintenance needs and we can also help you find the perfect new AC for you. If SEER ratings are still over your head and you prefer the Harry Potter version, we’d be happy to explain the benefits as well as other things to take into consideration when you upgrade your system.

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