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Understanding Your Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating


One of the most important factors when purchasing a new air conditioning system is how efficient it is. An air conditioner’s measure of efficiency is known as SEER. Let’s take a look at what an air conditioner SEER rating means, and how it can affect your purchasing decision.

What is SEER?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This rating measures the air conditioner’s efficiency, calculating the unit’s cooling output for the season divided by its total electric energy input over the same time.

The higher the air conditioner’s SEER rating, the more energy-efficient it is. Air conditioner manufacturers must follow federal regulations as to the minimum SEER rating which can be offered – this is 13 or 14 SEER, depending on your location. Today’s high-efficiency air conditioners go as high as 25 SEER.

Choosing the Right SEER for Your Home

Choosing the right SEER rating for your Cincinnati home isn’t as simple as selecting off a list. Many factors are considered to determine how efficiently an air conditioner will operate in your home. Some of these factors include your home’s insulation and the quality of the duct system.

Also, the SEER rating of an air conditioner generally affects the unit’s price. Units with a high SEER rating typically have a higher price tag than those with lower ratings. Even so, the energy saved by a higher SEER rating unit can make up for the difference in purchase price over a period of time.

The best way to find the right SEER rating for your home is to work with a qualified HVAC professional. They will examine your home and help you find the best fit for your home and budget.

Contact Nelson Comfort for Installation of an Energy-efficient Air Conditioner

Nelson Comfort offers new air conditioning units featuring a range of SEER ratings, including high-efficiency units. When you hire Nelson Comfort for your home’s heating and cooling needs, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that our company has provided the residents of Cincinnati and the surrounding areas with superior service since 1925.

Contact us today to find the best new air conditioning system or HVAC unit for your home.

About The Author


Dan Detmer

Dan Detmer is the owner of Nelson Comfort. Dan was born into the heating and cooling industry, coming from a family of well respected HVAC contractors in Dayton, Ohio. After working in the family business, Dan decided to work for a local HVAC wholesale business helping local contractors grow their business. When he felt his heart moving him back into the residential and light commercial business, Dan joined the Mortimer Heating & Cooling team in Cincinnati, where he had called home and become part of the community for several years. After a short period of time Dan purchased the company and created what is today, Nelson Comfort. Today he operates a company based on integrity, honesty, and stellar customer service. If you have any questions feel free to tweet (at sign) NelsonComfort and we will get right back with you!

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