What is a good SEER rating?
February 1, 2019Back to All Articles
SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and measures the cooling efficiency of an air conditioner. The higher that the SEER number is, then the more efficient the AC is. The AC efficiency is in reference to the electricity needs of your air conditioner in order to remove enough heat to reduce the temperature you want.
Depending on your location, air conditioners and heat pumps have different SEER rating requirements. Typically, the minimum SEER rating is 13 SEER and the maximum tends to be 26 SEER.
The Benefits of Efficient Air Conditioners
There are many benefits to choosing a more efficient air conditioner like to reduce personal costs because of the decrease in energy usage time. Plus, having a high SEER rating can significantly reduce carbon emissions, which for the environmentally conscious readers is a definite advantage!
It is common to mistake that the ‘basic’ or minimum SEER ratings on air conditioning systems have a poor performance, yet this is not true. SEER ratings do not perform to that rate constantly, it is better to view it as the maximum rate your air conditioning system can perform to.
A good SEER rating is widely subjective depending on your priorities. High SEER (20+) ratings on air conditioners are significantly more expensive, but if your main priority is the environment then the higher the SEER rating, the better for your needs. Also, if you are living in a hot climate then it is worth investing. However, if you have a moderate climate or extreme heat for only 2 months a year, then a SEER rating between 16-18 would be suited for your home, as the price would not save you money. A SEER rating is an important factor when choosing an air conditioning system to ensure maximum efficiency and cost factors.