What Does SEER Mean in HVAC?

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What Does SEER Mean in HVAC?

So you’re in the market for a new HVAC System. You are in need of a new one either by choice or the fact that your system stopped working and you are in need of one BADLY. Yes, researching and buying a new HVAC is going to cost you time and money, but chances are very high that you’re going to get a more energy efficient system and a more comfortable and even home temperature. 

This upgrade in an energy efficient system is because of SEER. It’s a word that you’ll hear a lot and see advertised on different air conditioners and HVAC systems. 

But what is SEER and why is it an important component to consider when buying an HVAC? 

Here, at Valley Heating and Cooling, we want consumers to be knowledgeable about what they are purchasing. In this article we will break down everything you need to know about SEER and how it ties into your future HVAC purchase.

What is SEER? 

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating. It measures the cooling output of an air conditioner divided by the amount of energy it uses during a typical cooling season. Basically the goal of SEER is to make sure the unit is cooling your home without using up an exorbitant amount of energy to do so. 

History of SEER

SEER is the universal measurement of air conditioners in the United States. Believe it or not SEER ratings have only been around for about 30 years. It was by the government in 1992 to ensure minimum standards of air conditioners made in the United States were being met. When this was established the average SEER rating was 8 or 9. In 2005, the energy policy act required the minimum SEER rating to be 13. In southern states, the rating is 14. Each state has the ability to set its own rate, as long as it doesn’t fall below 13. Do you know what your SEER rating is?

What it means for your HVAC system

In an older home (over 30 years), with an un-updated system, your HVAC’s SEER rating might even be lower than an 8 -since these standards weren’t adopted until the early 90s. Updating your system can save you money and cool your home much more efficiently. Your systems SEER rating can be calculated, but it will be on your system if manufactured in the 90s or later. You can also search on the web for your unit and look up the statistics. Speaking with your local HVAC technician can also give you insight to what your HVAC SEER rating and efficiency is. 

Consult with a Specialist

If you don’t have an HVAC specialist, our Madison AL HVAC Service team can provide you with all the help you need. If you’re not in the Madison area, search online for “heating and cooling near me,” or “Air conditioner repair near me.” Your unit should be checked 2 times a year to ensure it is working properly. Always consult a specialist before purchasing or installing any units so that you can know which unit will work best for your home.