September 25, 2020

Understanding SEER on Air Conditioner Ratings

While canvassing or searching for air conditioning units, you might have noticed how there are some sales pitch, ratings and reviews which mentions SEER (like here) alongside a numerical figure. SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating is a criteria used on air conditioning systems in order to indicate the efficiency of the product. Here in an SEER rating, you can more or less estimate the amount of money you will be spending or saving once you start using a certain air conditioner.

SEER ratings for air conditioner units have been required since 2006, and on central air conditioner ratings, the standard minimum SEER should be at around 13 units. This does not, however, apply to window-type ACU since they have a different standard minimum for SEER. With a higher SEER, you can predict that you will have a more energy-efficient system, hence lesser money spent on HVAC electricity bills. The higher the SEER rating, however, can also mean a higher price range for your new system.

In order to purchase the most suitable air conditioner for your home, you have to conduct an evaluation of your residence first, such as the dimensions of your home, as well as the number of times that you will be needing to use your air conditioning system. You won't be needing an SEER rating of 20 if you can estimate that you will not be using your AC unit that much. To get the most of your air conditioner ratings, keep in mind that the key is the installation and maintenance. Improper installation of your system can hinder its maximum performance. At the same time, if you don't regularly clean your air conditioner unit, you cannot expect it to perform efficiently all the time. Proper installation and maintenance also keeps the durability of your air conditioner and its parts on a longer time basis, even longer than its indicated warranty.