What You Need to Know About SEER Ratings


While shopping around for a new air conditioner for your home, you will notice some units come with a SEER rating. Before you pick out just any unit and ignore this number, it is important to understand exactly what the SEER rating is and how it could help you save money.

Gembecki Mechanical Services wants our customers to make an informed decision when it comes to purchasing air conditioner units for their homes. That is why we have created this basic guide to SEER ratings.

What the SEER Rating Means

SEER is an acronym for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It is a unit of measurement used by appliance manufacturers to convey the energy efficiency of a particular air conditioning unit.

Calculating a SEER rating requires the manufacturer to determine how much cooling a system produces for every unit of energy consumed. The more cooling the system produces per unit of energy, the higher the rating. Higher ratings mean the unit consumes less energy when in use.

Higher SEER Ratings Result in Benefits for Consumers

Currently, the SEER rating scale goes as low as 13 and as high as 23. Consumers looking to purchase a new air conditioning unit, especially individuals in the Florida area, will want to look for units with higher SEER ratings.

There are numerous benefits that can come with purchasing a cooling system that has a higher SEER rating.

Those benefits may include:

  • Lower electric or energy bills.
  • Possible compensation from utility companies for installing the unit.
  • Reducing your carbon footprint.

Do All Consumers Need the Highest SEER Rating?

In an effort to save the most money, you may feel as if you need to purchase the cooling system that comes with the highest SEER rating. After all, this will result in the most savings. But you may not need the highest SEER rating.

Most individuals throughout the state of Florida can purchase a cooling system that has a SEER rating of around 16. This will result in considerable energy savings without overspending on an expensive cooling system.

A number of factors will influence what type of SEER rating is right for you. Those factors include:

  • Size of the home.
  • Desired indoor temperature.
  • Length of time you will run the cooling system.
  • Climate in the area where you live.

When you are ready to purchase a new cooling system for your home, contact the professionals at Gembecki Mechanical Services. Our residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning service experts will help you find the best, most energy-efficient cooling system for your home. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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