The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) measures air conditioning and heat pump cooling efficiency, which is calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. A higher SEER rating means greater energy efficiency.
To qualify for ENERGY STAR requires heating and cooling units to meet or exceed minimum efficiency ratings. The minimum efficiency required by the EPA for ENERGY STAR recognition includes: air conditioner and heat pump units with a SEER of 14.5 or above, 12 EER, or HSPF of 8.2 or above; all gas furnaces with an AFUE of 90% or above.
The SEER rating was created to give consumers a way to compare various system options from different manufacturers. Think of it as the MPG rating when buying a vehicle – there are many options, but this helps you measure how efficient your choice is and in relation a higher rating can save you money in fuel.
A system must be properly matched to reach the desired SEER ratings. The manufacturers have submitted combinations of their equipment to be rated for their energy efficiency, so the combination we quote to replace your system will qualify for the SEER rating as stated which is required for any utility rebates you may qualify for.