If you’re on the search for a new air conditioning unit for your home or business, or have ever had to go AC shopping, then you have definitely stumbled across SEER rating before. What most people know is that AC units have a SEER rating attached to them in numerical form and it has something to do with how good the unit is. So in today’s blog, our HVAC services at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield talk a little about SEER rating and the basic information you need to know. Keep reading to learn more or feel free to reach out to our HVAC services anytime and we’ll help you figure out what air conditioning unit is right for your needs.

SEER Defined

SEER is an acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or in some instances Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In either case, SEER ratings are a measurable standard of calculating the efficiency of a given air conditioning, heating, or refrigeration unit.

How It’s Calculated

There is some fancy and somewhat confusing math involved, but for those of you out there that want to know how each unit gets assigned a SEER rating, this is for you. The SEER rating is a ratio that is calculated by taking the cooling output (measured in BTUs or British Thermal Units) of the air conditioner unit over a typical season, then dividing it by the energy used in watt-hours. It is tested with a variety of indoor temperature settings and outdoor temperatures to simulate real-world use. Once the average ratio is determined, the maximum efficiency achieved is the SEER rating that is applied to the unit. The SEER rating isn’t the efficiency you’ll enjoy consistently, it is the peak efficiency the unit is capable of.

Good vs Bad SEER Rating

So, now that we know how SEER ratings are calculated and applied to specific air conditioning units, what’s a good SEER rating and what’s a not-so-good one? The minimum rating in most places is either 13 or 14 and that is the minimum allowable efficiency rating HVAC services can install for you. The highest SEER ratings out there are in about the 26 SEER range, however, you typically won’t see many units above 21 or 22. In essence, the higher the SEER, the more efficient the air conditioning unit HVAC services install will be.

It’s worth noting that while the bigger number is typically better, any modern air conditioning unit will have a SEER rating of above 13. Older air conditioning units are sometimes as low as 8 SEER or less, meaning that no matter what new AC unit you choose, it will likely be much more efficient than your existing model.

SEER Isn’t Everything

While you may be tempted to think “well, bigger SEER is better, I’ll just choose the AC unit with the biggest rating,” there are more things to consider rather than just SEER rating. In fact, an air conditioning unit installed by HVAC services with SEER in the range of 14-16 may be perfectly appropriate and ideal for your home. The right air conditioning unit for your home depends on how large your home is, what temperature you keep it at, the weather in the area you live, the cost of electricity where you live, your budget, and more.

One thing that is important to know about AC units and their SEER ratings is that while the difference between say a 14 SEER and a 16 SEER AC unit may save you $20 or so a year, the upfront cost of a 16 SEER over a 14 SEER unit is significant. You may end up paying $1,000 to $2,000 more upfront for a unit that is more efficient, but not that much more efficient.

Find the Right Air Conditioning Unit for You at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield

For help determining what air conditioning unit is the right fit for your home and your needs, work with our HVAC services at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield. We have years of experience matching people and installing AC units that complement our customers perfectly!

Thanks for tuning into today’s blog, we hope that you found it helpful and informative! When it comes time to replace your air conditioning unit, please keep our HVAC services in mind. We have more than 100 years of experience helping people throughout Bakersfield and the surrounding areas with quality, dependable HVAC services. Not to mention, we offer a wide variety of products spanning multiple SEER ratings to ensure that you can get the efficiency you need at a price point that you are sure to love. We even offer a 100% Carrier FAD satisfaction guarantee to provide our customers with peace of mind. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you.