Everything You Need to Know About SEER Ratings for Air Conditioners

If you operate a highly efficient air conditioning system in your home, it’ll use less energy to cool it. That results in a lower energy bill because your AC system won’t have to work as hard. But the higher an air conditioner’s efficiency, the higher its price tag. Finding a balance between efficiency and budget is key, and a seasonal energy efficiency ratio helps. Read on to learn everything you need to know about SEER ratings for air conditioners.

How Do I Find the SEER Rating?

Most new air conditioners contain a yellow sticker labeled “Energy Guide” where you can find the SEER rating. You can also find it near the top of the air conditioner’s manufacturer label by the model and serial number. Look at the first few digits for the model number. If it starts with 14AC, the air conditioner’s SEER rating is 14.

What’s an Acceptable SEER Rating?

The federally regulated minimum SEER rating for some parts of the country is 13. But in Florida, it’s 14. Today’s air conditioner can have a SEER rating as high as 26. Determining which SEER rating is best for you isn’t as straightforward as picking the highest number, though. You must consider your home’s layout, budget and other important factors.

A professional service technician can help you determine the type of cooling system you need to cool your home adequately. They’ll perform precise cooling load calculations. Picking a correctly sized system with the right SEER rating will help you save energy.

Are you shopping for a new air conditioner? Let a professional help you choose a system that will cool your home effectively and efficiently without breaking your budget. Contact Key to Cool today at (239) 309-2991 to speak with one of our friendly comfort specialists.

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