Before you can know if your air conditioning unit has the right SEER for your home, you need to understand what SEER is. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and it is a method used to determine the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. If the SEER rating on your unit is higher, it means that it is using less energy, thus lessening its effect on the environment and lowering your utility bills.
In older systems (10-15 years old), SEER ratings typically range from 6.0 to 10.0. The rating of newer systems today is usually between 13.0 and 18.0, with some reaching as high as 25.0, due to more energy-efficient technology.
While you might assume that automatically means you should try to get an air conditioning unit with a SEER of 18.0 or higher, that is not always necessary. The minimum SEER level manufactured today is 13.0; however, as of 2015, the government has issued a change that requires a minimum 14.0 SEER rating on new air conditioning units installed in the Southeastern U.S.
So how do you figure out what SEER level you need for your home? That is where Acosta Heating & Cooling comes in. Our locally owned and operated company has been helping Charlotte, NC homeowners like you with air conditioning unit sales, installation, and repairs since 1972. With our help, you can be sure you are getting the right air conditioning unit for your needs, including a SEER rating that doesn’t make you pay a penny more than you need to cool your home. And although there will be other factors to consider in keeping your air conditioning unit working at an efficient level, such as remembering to change the air filters and performing regular maintenance, getting the an air conditioning unit with the optimal SEER rating level for your home is the best place to start.