When looking for a company for HVAC installation, there are many factors to consider. In addition to the number of years a company has been in business, it’s important to know how SEER ratings work. Knowing the difference between a good SEER rating and a bad SEER rating can help you determine how well an air conditioning unit will work to cool your Austin, TX home.

What Does SEER Stand For?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio as defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute. The standard was introduced in 2008. Known as AHRI 210/240: Performance Rating of Unitary Air-Conditioning and Air-Source Heat Pump Equipment, the ratio has become an industry standard helping consumers understand the efficiency of different brands and models of air conditioning units.

Why Does SEER Ratings Matter?

If you want to know what it’s going to cost to run your air conditioner throughout the summer, you’ll want to know the SEER rating of the unit in question. Simply put, it refers to how much cooling the air conditioner does throughout the season when divided by the total electrical energy input. Knowing how much electricity it takes to run a unit and understanding how well it cools the home helps you understand how SEER applies and why it matters.

How to Find the SEER Rating of the Unit You’re Using

An HVAC contractor will tape a sheet to the unit that provides the SEER rating when it’s installed. If you don’t receive that information, you can always ask the technician before they leave your home.

Some manufacturers encode the information on the data plate. An example of this is “XC21” which means that the unit is rated 21 SEER out of a maximum 25 SEER.

Learn more about what makes a good SEER rating by contacting us today. We offer financing options that make your HVAC installation affordable for every household budget. Make us your preferred HVAC contractor. Our technicians are EPA Certified and NATE-Certified.

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