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How to Choose the Right SEER Rating

Here in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, summer is upon us. It’s time to crank up the AC for some relief. If your AC system is giving out, you’ll have to replace it or be miserable. One of the biggest concerns with a new AC purchase is energy efficiency, especially when the electric bill comes in August. So how is efficiency decided, and how do you choose the right efficiency for your home?

What is SEER?

Manufacturers measure AC efficiency with a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, or SEER. The higher the SEER, the more efficient a system is. Most SEER numbers for new units being sold now are between 13 and 18.

How Do I Choose a SEER?

Federal regulations won’t allow SEER sold below a 13. Many units being replaced had a SEER  of 8 to 10. You’ll want to choose a higher rating for your new system, but choosing the right rating depends on a few factors.

First, your new unit should be the right size for your cooling needs. It won’t help you in the long run to have a unit that’s too small with a higher SEER number because it will run more often. This won’t help save money or energy.

Make sure to consider how long you’re planning to live in your home before choosing a high SEER system. Higher SEER numbers are more costly to purchase. You’ll want to plan for an AC that will pay for itself before you plan to move away.

In Murrells Inlet, we’re fortunate to have a temperate climate that’s not overwhelmingly hot during the summer. That’s important when choosing a SEER number. You’ll still want efficiency because you will use the unit for several months of the year, but not as much as someone living in Phoenix.

If you’re unsure which SEER number is right for your home, call us at Air Doctor Services, Inc. at 843-305-8824. We’ll help you choose the best system for your needs.

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