Air Conditioning Installation Guide: Why Do I Need to Look at the SEER Number?

You probably wouldn’t purchase a car without reviewing its miles per gallon (mpg) rating because this rating provides you with some very important information. A SEER number for your air conditioner provides you with similar information, but not many homeowners are familiar with SEER ratings and what they tell you. When you work with an AC specialist from Comfort Central, Inc., on your air conditioning installation in Asheville, NC, you’ll review different SEER ratings as part of your installation process. To help you, our professionals have put together some information so you can better understand how this rating affects you.

What It Means

SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, and it tells you, on a scale of 1 (the lowest) to 23+ (the highest) how energy efficient a particular system operates. However, you don’t want to just jump to the highest rating. All air conditioners are manufactured at the mandated SEER minimum, which in our part of the country is 14; choosing a higher SEER will depend on the level of energy efficiency you want and your budget. This is because the higher the SEER rating, the higher the initial cost of your new air conditioning unit, which is why you don’t want to jump ahead and purchase the highest-rated AC for your home. What you’ll work through with your trained AC specialist is how much you can save on a monthly basis with an AC of a particular SEER rating versus how long it will take you to recoup the initial installation costs. Once you and your technician find the right balance, you’ll know which SEER rating is best for you and your home.

Our pros have helped many customers with their air conditioning installation and we can help you, too. Ready for a new air conditioner in Asheville, NC? Call us today and schedule an appointment!

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