What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About SEER Ratings
The more energy-efficient your air conditioner, the better it cools your home. However, the benefits don’t stop there. In addition to keeping your home comfortable, having an energy-efficient air conditioner will also save you money.
As with any large purchase, there are plenty of factors to consider when you’re shopping for a new AC unit. You’ll look at price, size, ENERGY STAR® rating, but you might not even know about the most important number on your unit: its SEER Rating. The team at Supreme Air breaks down the basics so you can shop smarter.
SEER Rating Basics
As of January 2015, new air conditioners are required to meet a new minimum SEER rating. While most homeowners will only purchase a handful of air conditioners in their lifetime, there are a few things that everyone should know about SEER ratings when selecting a new AC unit.
- The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the air conditioning unit
- The maximum SEER rating is currently 25
- The minimum SEER rating for new air conditioning units sold today is 14
- SEER ratings requirements can vary by location, so your best bet is to contact a local professional
Is It Time to Switch?
Changes in refrigerant and new designs have significantly increased air conditioning efficiency compared to units ten years or older. If you’re considering a new air conditioning system because of poor performance or age, it’s probably safe to take the plunge.
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For homeowners whose system isn’t ten years old yet, but just aren’t impressed with the results they’re seeing, it may be best to contact your heating and cooling service technician. There are many factors that can contribute to your home’s comfort, and a trained professional will be able to help you identify the real culprit.
If you still have questions about SEER ratings, the professionals at Supreme Air are here to help. To get more information on your SEER rating, or to discuss installing a more efficient unit in your home, give us a call at (410) 788-1114.