The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is the efficiency at which air conditioners produce cooling. The number is determined by the ratio of cooling produced (BTU) divided by the amount of electricity (watts) used. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the air conditioner is and the lower your electric bill will be. However, AC’s with higher SEER ratings are more costly. So how do you determine the right balance?
While SEER ratings range from 13 to 25, the federally regulated current minimum SEER rating in Georgia is 14. Factors that play into choosing the right SEER rating involve the region of the country you live in, how often you plan to use the system, and how long you plan to live in the home. All of these factors play into your annual operating cost. Weighing these factors against the price of your system will let you know whether or not a higher SEER system will save you money on your utility bills in the long run. During your home service call, your HVAC technician will be able to address your home and advise you on which is the right SEER rating for your new air conditioner.