What Are SEER Ratings?

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio which means it is the ratio rating of the cooling output of an air conditioner on certain seasons. A SEER rating is divided by the energy it consumes in Watt-Hours in order for you to identify the ratio.
The SEER value of modern air conditioners will range from 13 minimum SEER to a maximum of about 25 SEER.  Along with this issue, a lot of confusion has been going around town and it’s time to further explain what SEER really means.

Energy Usage Cannot be Predicted by SEER Value

A SEER value constantly changes so you should not fully rely on it regardless of the fact that it has a standard computation or formula. Hence, it doesn’t also mean that the higher your SEER value is, the more it is energy efficient. In fact, it still depends on how long you use your unit, what type of weather you have and also the time it takes your A/C to reach the adjusted temperature.
Aside from that, air conditioning units which have a higher SEER rating tend to be more expensive. Although they can cost you more at the time of purchase, they last longer and often need less repairs. That’s the good thing about units with high SEER ratings. An air conditioner unit which has a SEER value of 14 or less than 14 has a higher maintenance cost compared to ones which have a higher SEER value.

SEER Value Doesn’t Increase by Upgrading Your Condenser

Don’t get fooled by sales talk. Upgrading your condenser unit to a higher SEER doesn’t give you system the function of providing you a higher SEER value. If you need to upgrade, upgrade your entire unit or the entire system. It is the best advisable way in upgrading to equipment with a higher SEER value. And it involves upgrading the condenser, furnace, and evaporative coil since they all work together as a system.

The Best Advisable SEER Rating

Although higher SEER ratings are more energy efficient, they don’t always have the best quality. That depends on the brand and the parts you use. A unit with a higher SEER value might mean they are more energy efficient; however, their maintenance can also be costly. 
Experts advised that you should keep your SEER rating at an average of 14 to 16 SEER value. With this, if you need system part replacement or repair, it wouldn’t be costly. However, if you prefer to incline more on energy saving, you can go to as a SEER with as high as 21.
Remember that the larger the output of your heating or cooling system is, the more energy it consumes and the higher rating it will receive. The good thing is, units with higher SEER ratings consume lesser energy. In the end, it is up to you to decide whatever you’ll choose. Whatever applies to you most, go for it.
For more information about SEER ratings, HVAC equipment, or to set up an appointment for service for your existing heating and cooling systems in the greater Chicagoland area, please give us a call at (847) 792-1019 or contact the AC experts at Ardmore Fresh Air today!