When purchasing a new cooling system, there are several factors to take into consideration. You need to figure out what type of AC system you need. You’ll also have to decide what brand you want, what size system, and finally what SEER rating you’d like for your system. A cooling system is not something that people purchase every day. For some it can be a complicated process, but that is what O’Brien Service Company is here for! We offer complimentary in home evaluations to assist you pick which system will work best for your home. You’ll have several options to choose from, and the systems will vary based on their SEER rating. If you’re not sure exactly what the SEER rating is, don’t worry that is what this article will explain!
What does SEER mean? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Which basically tells you how efficient your cooling system is. Trane’s website describes it as “The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER means greater energy efficiency.”
How does a SEER rating differ from each other? The lowest available SEER in 2016 is a 14 SEER system, but they go up way past that. Trane heat pump systems max out their highest SEER rating at 20 SEER. While some ductless systems can go up to 30 SEER! As the SEER rating rises, usually so does the price of the system. But, you have to remember the benefits you’ll receive from a higher SEER system. Not only can you possibly save money on your energy bills, but you can also increase the comfort in your home with a higher SEER rating system. As Trane puts it, “Like miles per gallon in a car, the higher the system SEER rating, the more comfort you will get from each energy dollar.”
So now when someone is explaining a cooling system and you hear 14 SEER or 18 SEER, you’ll know what they are referring to! If you have any other questions regarding SEER ratings, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Or if you’re in the market for a new system, give us a call to schedule your complimentary in home evaluation.