SEER what is it? – Most likely until you are ready for a new A/C, or cooling system, the term SEER is not high on your “must know” list. However when you are in the market to buy an air conditioning system, it will probably be the most widely used factor in conjunction with efficiency. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and is a ratio calculated by dividing the cooling output in BTU`s by the power input in watts at a given set of rating conditions. This is the standard by which all manufactures are tested. Our government has mandated that “13” is the minimum SEER rating for production and installation. Most manufacturers produce A/C systems between 13 and 21 SEER.
So what does all this mean for the consumer? Well, it depends where you live. For example, if you live in Florida where your A/C runs almost all of the time, you would want to purchase a high SEER, more efficient system. Even though the up-front cost is higher, you will save money on your electric bill. In Pennsylvania, we only utilize our cooling systems about 900 hours per season so it would take a lot longer to recoup the initial higher cost of a high SEER A/C unit. In the north we should be more concerned about high efficient heating systems rather than high SEER air conditioning systems.
At R.E. Sanders we pride ourselves on helping our customers get the best possible heating and cooling system available. That means the system will be the right size, it will be the most efficient in relationship to the customer`s budget, it will be installed properly and we will provide service after the sale.