SEER Ratings Matter!

SEER Rating Minimum Standards from DOE

Department of Energy SEER Minimum Standards as of 2015

How is a fortuneteller on a mountaintop like an air conditioner?
Both are called “high SEER”

Jokes aside, you may have heard about or seen the term ‘SEER rating’ and wondered if it was important. The answer is a resounding ‘yes.’ So much so that, in 2011, new SEER rating standards set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 2005, went into effect.

These new rules also put regional standards in place. The DOE designated SEER ratings for the Southeastern region of the country, including Florida, at 14 SEER, and current proposals are calling for the required rating to be raised again, to 16 SEER.

What Are SEER Ratings, Really?

A SEER rating measures an air conditioning system’s energy efficiency – i.e. the ratio of cooling capacity to the power input. The higher the SEER rating the more efficient the air conditioner and the less energy it uses. That translates to spending less money on your utility bill, not to mention it being more eco-friendly.

To find your equipment’s SEER rating, look for a yellow or white EnergyGuide label on your unit. The SEER will be featured prominently on the label, along with a range comparing it to other units.

Higher SEER for Seasonal Highs

The acronym SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It provides an average for how an HVAC unit will perform across all seasons. That’s why; with Florida’s nearly perpetual summer, different standards apply:

You know about the four seasons of Florida, don’t you?
Hot, hotter, summer and Christmas

Upgrading Your Air Conditioning with a higher SEER system..

The newer DOE energy rules don’t require homeowners with lower SEER-rated systems to upgrade. But when it does come time to replace your system it will have to be SEER 14 or higher. There is good reason for this: SEER ratings like 13, 12 or lower cost significantly more to run. In fact, if you AC unit is old or starting to run badly you might want to upgrade now: the savings can be that good!

If you are interested in saving money, increasing the efficiency and lowering the energy consumption of your AC system, Custom Climate Concepts is on hand to answer any questions and help you find the right new system for you.

Call us today at 941-955-COOL (2665).