What Does the SEER Rating Mean on an AC Unit?

Consumers are constantly trying to make educated decisions and use all types of information available to them. The Internet, commercial and industry magazines, and consumer ratings are all helpful tools that lead buyers in one direction or another. Sometimes all the information can actually be more of a hindrance than a help as the details and overwhelming data become difficult to understand or sort through and prioritize. There are some simple ways to help consumers make the decision that is best for their specific needs based on the items available and the intended use.

One of the most important factors to understand about product labels is the energy efficiency ratings. Since most consumers are interested in reducing both their carbon footprint and their utility bills, these labels seem to target specific, environmentally conscious buyers. Aside from the yellow Energy Saver labels, the most recognized labels on an AC unit is the SEER rating. Both are important to understand for the purpose of consumption and overall utility costs, but they have very different perspectives and give information based on two different arenas.

The Energy Saver rating is basically an estimate of how much the unit will cost to operate. This abstract number is based on the cost of energy but does not necessarily incorporate family size, approximate usage, or other factors that could affect the price of electricity and other utilities. The SEER rating is used to differentiate the efficiency of AC units based on their Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (hence the acronym). This number is more specific to both the unit and the intended usage. Since an AC unit is only used for one purpose, to cool a specific area, it is easier to measure the output cost based on real data.

Generally speaking, the higher the SEER number, the higher the energy efficiency of the AC unit. Since each unit is expected to last for at least ten years, purchasing a unit today will likely save homeowners quite a bit of money because newer units will be at least 10%-30% more efficient than the units they are replacing.

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