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What is SEER & Why Does it Matter?

Ever wonder how your air conditioner stacks up in regards to efficiency? Well, there is in fact, an actual energy efficiency rating system that measures how efficient your system is. So, when you're shopping for a new system, or trying to determine if it's time to replace your old system, you need to pay close attention to the SEER. What is SEER & Why Does it Matter? What is SEER? The acronym stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and this is the rating given to an air conditioner to let consumers know how efficient it is. It will help you get the most bang for your buck and let you know how much energy the unit will consume. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner which means the less energy it will take to cool your home. What is a Good SEER? Ratings can earn a number anywhere from 13 to 21. 13 is the current minimum rating available for air conditioners on the market but we suggest looking for one no lower than 14. 14 is the lowest rating a system can have in order for it to qualify for an Energy Star rating, but in most cases, it makes sense to go even higher than that. So, while an air conditioner with a higher SEER will usually cost a bit more upfront, it'll be worth it in the long run. After all, you want to see your energy bills decline, right? Need help choosing the right air conditioning system for your home? That's where we come in! Call on the expert technicians at Rusk Heating & Cooling - we specialize in finding a system that will meet your needs AND save you money.