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What to Know About SEER When It’s Time to Buy


Are you in the market for a new air conditioning or heat pump installation in Hutchins, Texas? If so, you’re probably searching for an efficient HVAC system that can keep your utility costs in check. To help you find the ideal AC equipment, let’s take a look at one important way efficiency is measured with SEER.

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)

When you’re shopping for new cooling equipment, one of the first terms you’re likely to encounter is SEER. The SEER standard, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a measure of how efficiently a system cools your home. As the name suggests, the standard actually represents a ratio. More specifically, it compares the unit’s total output over a typical cooling season with the total amount of energy consumed.

Your Results May Vary

A system’s SEER rating is determined using standardized testing designed by the U.S. Department of Energy. This creates a consistent standard, but it also raises some issues. In particular, real-world conditions frequently vary from the controlled conditions used in testing. A unit’s actual efficiency may vary depending on the local climate, the quality of installation, usage patterns and other variables. Still, the standard offers a great place to start in assessing which units are most efficient. You can use our SEER calculator to compare different systems.

What Rating Is Best for You?

Installing a cooling system is a complex endeavor that can’t be boiled down to a single number. In general, a higher SEER rating is recommended if you have excessive cooling costs and rely heavily on your AC. High-efficiency units are also great if you plan to stay in your home long-term, allowing you to accumulate greater savings. However, the added cost may not be worth it if you have low energy costs or you may move soon. In that case, consider sticking with a system that meets regional standards. In the Dallas area, all new installations must have a SEER of 14 or higher.

Sifting through efficiency ratings and other details can feel overwhelming. For clear and simple guidance on your air conditioning or heat pump installation project, check out Willard Heating, Cooling & Plumbing’s air conditioning installation services or call 972-564-9785 .

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