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Understanding SEER Ratings: The Key To Optimizing HVAC Efficiency

Planning to update your heating and cooling systems? If you’re in the market for a new heat pump, AC, furnace, or geothermal system, it’s important to understand the impact it will have on your monthly utility bill. But how? It’s all about the SEER rating, which lets you compare systems for energy efficiency.

What Are SEER Ratings?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is defined by Department of Energy and the the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). It measures how energy-efficient an HVAC system is when heating or cooling your home. To comply with new laws designed to protect the environment, new units must meet federal guidelines.

Why Are SEER Ratings Important When Determining Efficiency?

Besides being good for the planet, choosing a high-performing system is a cost-effective strategy for homeowners on a budget — and who isn’t?  By the way, high SEER ratings typically translate to a longer-lasting HVAC system, which can save you even more money in the future. At A-1 Heating & Cooling, we partner with Quiet Cool for affordable HVAC solutions that meet Energy Star and SEER guidelines.

Understanding SEER Ratings

When you buy a new car, you want it to have a high miles per gallon (mpg) rating to get the most for the money you spend on gasoline. Similarly for HVACs, the higher the SEER rating, the better a unit will heat and cool your home without wasting energy. Just like saving gas money for your vehicle, you’ll save on your monthly energy bill for your home.

If you are replacing an HVAC unit from 10 to 15 years ago, you will be getting a big SEER upgrade. Those older models have an average SEER rating of only 9 or 10. According to the U.S. Energy Information Association, new standards effective in 2023 require a minimum rating of 14 SEER for new residential systems in the northern United States and 15 SEER in the southern United States. The SEER rating goes as high as 24.

Choosing The Right SEER Rating For Your Home

The SEER rating can be found on the Energy Guide sticker attached to each new unit. Follow these green strategies for enhancing energy efficiency and the tips below to choose the right SEER rating for your space:

  • Use the SEER rating as a baseline when selecting your HVAC system. You must also take into account your climate, home size, energy costs and usage patterns.
  • Work with a licensed HVAC professional. Our certified technicians can help you determine the minimum required SEER and the right system for your home.
  • Avoid purchasing used or repurposed HVAC systems.
  • Consider other factors, such as the track record of the brands available on the market.

Contact A-1 Heating & Cooling for All Your HVAC Needs

If you want to minimize your energy bills and have efficient heating and cooling all year, you can trust our team to steer you in the right direction for SEER ratings and other important factors. We’ll measure your home and factor in your energy needs before making a final recommendation. Contact us today!