What does SEER mean? 

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ration, or SEER rating, is the ratio between the annual cooling output divided by the total electrical energy input. Essentially, when you’re rating air conditioning units, you’re looking for the biggest bang for your buck, and the higher the SEER rating, the better energy efficiency.

Before SEER ratings, there was no universal standards of measurement to rate HVAC efficiency. This system was set in 1992 and today the minimum standard is 13 or 14 SEER. In the early 90s, the average HVAC system was operating at an 8 or 9, which means that if you replace an old HVAC system your heating and cooling costs will immediately decrease. 

Know, though, that the SEER rating is a maximum rating, which means that it is not always running at the most efficient rate. If you’re constantly adjusting your thermostat or the temperature is fluctuating in your home for a different reason, then you won’t achieve the full potential of your SEER rating. Rather than running at full efficiently, the unit will need to work harder to bring the temperature down (or up) to the new setting rather than keeping it at a steady, comfortable temperature. 

If you’d like to learn more about how to run your system most efficiently or want to discuss the system that is best for you, get in touch with Buckhalter Heating & Air Conditioning today!

What is a “good” SEER Rating?

Rather than thinking of SEER ratings as good or bad, you should try to figure out the right SEER rating for you and your family. The type of system you choose to purchase will depend on how often you use your HVAC system, your HVAC budget, and the size of the space you will be heating and cooling. Here in Gainesville, it gets pretty hot and muggy in the summer, and most of our customers are running their air conditioning all day and night, so we do recommend buying the highest SEER system that fits your budget. 

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