SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and it is a measure of the energy efficiency of air conditioning and heat pump systems. SEER is a standardized way of expressing the efficiency of cooling equipment over an entire cooling season.
Here’s how SEER is calculated:
SEER=Total heat removed during the seasonTotal electrical energy consumed during the season
In simpler terms, SEER is the ratio of the cooling output (measured in British Thermal Units or BTUs) to the energy input (measured in watt-hours). The higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the air conditioning or heat pump system is.
In the United States, the minimum SEER rating for new residential central air conditioners and heat pumps is regulated by the Department of Energy (DOE). The minimum SEER requirements can vary based on the region and whether the system is a split system, package system, or a ductless system.
Choosing a system with a higher SEER rating generally means that the system will operate more efficiently, leading to potential energy savings and reduced environmental impact. However, it’s important to consider factors such as the climate in your region, your specific cooling needs, and the cost of the equipment when deciding on the appropriate SEER rating for your situation. Higher SEER-rated systems may have a higher upfront cost but can result in long-term energy savings.
Here at The HVAC Outlet, we recommend two brands: Rheem/Weatherking and MrCool. In 14 SEER, we recommend Rheem/Weatherking. Their equipment has been around for almost 100 years, and has been recognized as being an industry leader in the traditional ducted realm of HVAC.
In the higher SEER category, we recommend MrCool; their Universal series. The MrCool Universal is an absolute game-changer. Their condenser is rated down to -22F prior to the need of the heat strips. This allows for the homeowner to save a tremendous amount on their utility bills during the winter months.