Think you need a new air conditioner? What does that SEER rating mean? SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” and it was devised to help consumers be able to better compare HVAC systems in terms of energy efficiency. Here is what you need to know:

What SEER Rating is Best?

That depends on your situation. The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system.  Older air conditioning units have SEER ratings of 6 or under. In 2015, all manufactured air conditioning units in the U.S. must have a minimum of 14 SEER rating and some SEER ratings go up to 33. However, the higher the SEER, the more expensive the system, so you need some help from an experienced professional to help look at the new air conditioner options and decide what is best for you.

All New Air Conditioners Will Save You Money

The good news is that any newer air conditioner will probably save you a lot on energy costs.  If you have an air conditioner from the 1990s, you will find that you can get the same amount of cooling using 30% to 50% less energy using a new air conditioner.  Even air conditioners that are just 10 years old may be using 20% to 40% more energy than a new, more efficient model.

Proper Sizing and Installation are Key

Along with getting a highly efficient SEER system, there are other things to consider.  You need to make sure the unit you choose is the right size for your home or business in order for it to have top efficiency.  Too large a unit won’t remove the humidity correctly.  Too small a unit won’t get the temperature cool enough on hot days.  Also, make sure that you have professional, experienced installers, who will place the unit in the right location, make sure there are no ductwork leaks, and ensure that the system is correctly installed.

Contact an experienced HVAC professional for help in considering which SEER rating is best for you and to make sure that you choose the right air conditioning system for your situation.

The folks at Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal would be more than happy to help, with over 45 years of experience, they can help you pick out the right system for your home.