Understanding SEER Ratings: What They Are and How They Work

When it comes to choosing an air conditioning system for your home, you’ve probably come across the term “SEER rating.” But what exactly is a SEER rating, and why does it matter? In this blog post, we’ll discuss SEER ratings and help you understand how they work and how Chas Roberts can help, so you can make an informed decision when it’s time to invest in a new cooling system.

What Is SEER?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s a metric used to measure the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. The SEER rating tells you how effectively your cooling system can convert electrical energy into cooling output throughout a typical cooling season.

How Does an AC SEER Rating Work and Why Does It Matter?

In short, a SEER rating indicates an air conditioning unit’s energy efficiency. The higher the SEER rating, the more effective the air conditioning system is at converting electricity into cooling output. SEER ratings typically range from around 13 to 25 or higher, with higher numbers indicating better efficiency.

The choice of what SEER rating is considered “good” depends on various factors, including your climate, budget, and how long you plan to stay in your current home. Here’s a breakdown:

Climate: If you live in a region with hot summers like Arizona, where air conditioning is heavily used, a higher SEER rating is recommended. This is because a more efficient system can help you save significantly on energy bills over time.

Initial Cost vs. Long-Term Savings: Higher SEER rated systems are often more expensive upfront but can lead to substantial long-term savings due to lower energy consumption. However, it’s essential to consider how long it will take for those energy savings to offset the higher initial cost. A higher SEER system might be a good investment if you plan to stay in your home for many years. On the other hand, if you’re planning to move in a few years, the energy savings might be less impactful.

Regulations and Incentives: In some regions, regulations or incentives encourage higher SEER systems. These can include tax incentives, rebates, or building codes that require a specific minimum SEER rating.

Environmental Considerations: Energy efficient systems not only save you money but also have a lower impact on the environment. If reducing your carbon footprint is important, opting for a higher SEER system can be a responsible choice.

Comfort: Efficient cooling systems can maintain a more consistent indoor temperature, providing enhanced comfort and better humidity control.

Regulatory Compliance: Some regions have regulations and building codes that require a minimum SEER rating for new installations. Ensuring compliance can save you from potential legal issues and ensure your system meets local efficiency standards.

A SEER rating of 14 to 16 is considered the industry standard, while ratings of 18 and above are considered high efficiency. However, technology and efficiency standards can change, so it’s a good idea to consult a Chas Roberts HVAC professional for the most up-to-date recommendations. Consider your unique needs and budget when choosing an air conditioning system with an appropriate SEER rating.

Things To Keep in Mind When Choosing The Right HVAC System For Your Home

The fact is, choosing a system with a higher SEER rating may not always be the best choice for your home. Ductwork, insulation, and other factors are important as well. These include:

  • The age of your home
  • The direction your home faces
  • The age of your windows and doors
  • The size of your home
  • The number of people that live in your home

A good HVAC technician will take all of the above into account when they determine the right size and type of air conditioner for your home.

Unlocking the Benefits of Energy Efficiency

SEER ratings provide customers with valuable insights into the energy efficiency of a particular air conditioning. Choosing an energy-efficient AC not only leads to lower utility bills, but it also aligns with environmental sustainability, while potentially making you eligible for incentives and rebates.

Lower Utility Bills

The potential for cost savings of energy efficiency is drawing homeowners in because higher SEER units use less electricity to produce the same cooling effect, you’ll see lower electricity bills. This is especially noticeable in areas with hot and humid climates or where air conditioning is used frequently, as the energy savings can be substantial over time.

Incentives and Rebates

Investing in a new air conditioner represents a substantial financial commitment, particularly with the initial expenses of energy efficient systems. Numerous utility companies offer enticing rebates that can be allocated toward the installation of air conditioning systems. If you reside in the Phoenix metro area, both APS and SRP have their own rebate programs. Furthermore, ENERGY STAR partners offer additional rebates that can be easily located online by simply entering your zip code.

Environmental Responsibility

Energy efficient air conditioning systems play a vital role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Opting for an energy efficient air conditioner significantly shrinks your carbon footprint, allowing you to contribute to the planet’s well-being.

Is It Time to Upgrade Your A/C Unit?

Most air conditioning systems only last 9 to 12 years, especially in warmer climates like Arizona where they work to keep your home cool almost year-round. If your unit is nearing this number, consider a replacement. You could be throwing away money on costly repairs for a unit that’s not worth saving. The technological improvements in efficiency made in newer units could save you money on cooling costs—not to mention reduce stress and frustration.

Not sure if you can afford to service or replace your HVAC or plumbing system? Don’t sweat. You can have convenient monthly payments by taking advantage of our financing program. Contact us to learn more.

Contact Chas Roberts to Discuss Your Options

SEER ratings are an essential factor to consider when selecting an air conditioner or heat pump for your home. They provide a reliable indicator of energy efficiency, helping you make informed decisions that can lead to cost savings, environmental benefits, and improved comfort. When shopping for a cooling system, keep an eye out for higher SEER ratings to enjoy the many advantages of an energy-efficient home cooling solution.

You can rely on our certified technicians to address any issues with your commercial systems. It doesn’t matter how big or how small. It takes a company like Chas Roberts with years of experience to address complex heating and cooling systems for larger commercial buildings.

Chas Roberts services Tucson and 28 cities in Metro Phoenix including Glendale, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Scottsdale, Tempe, Tolleson, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park. Chas Roberts provides exceptional, one-on-one customer service and knowledgeable advice on your A/C.

Our team of technicians is highly qualified and possesses the extensive knowledge required to assess your HVAC system. We are equipped to provide tailored solutions that align with the unique needs of your home and budget.

Contact our Tucson office at 520.549.4172 or our Metro Phoenix office at 602.386.2732.