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What Does SEER Stand For, and What Does it Mean?


Believe it or not, the heating season is almost behind us here in Raleigh, NC. Spring is on its way, and everyone knows that when spring finally shows up the summer heat is never far behind. Many homeowners are already looking forward to the summer heat. Many more are beginning to think about their air conditioning systems, or lack thereof, and are wondering how they are going to beat the heat this air conditioning season. Raleigh Heating & Air encourages homeowners to carefully consider not only the air conditioning model they are investing in, but also its SEER.

All home cooling systems are assigned a SEER, which stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. The SEER of your air conditioner or heat pump tells you how efficiently your home air conditioning system will operate. The high the SEER, the more efficient the home cooling system and the more energy savings you can expect to enjoy.

Manufacturers are required to disclose the SEER of air conditioners and heat pumps so that consumers like you can know what to expect from their air conditioners and just what they are paying for. Due to today’s U.S. regulatory codes, all new air conditioners and heat pumps need to have a minimum SEER of 13 or higher. Many air conditioning systems have a SEER reaching 20 or 21, offering great energy efficiency and great saving potential.

The key to buying a new air conditioning system is to make an informed decision. As with most other mechanical systems, you tend to get what you pay for. That being said, the high the SEER the more money a system will generally cost. We understand that not everyone is able to afford a top-of-the-line air conditioner with a 20 SEER. Consider your budget, do a little research and make sure that you get the most efficient system that you personally can afford.

Contact Raleigh Heating & Air today to learn more about SEER and air conditioning options in Raleigh. We can help you save money this cooling season. Call today to schedule service.

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