SEER is the acronym for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” It is a measure of efficiency for your air conditioner — much like miles per gallon is for your automobile. More specifically, your air conditioner’s SEER rating tells you how much cooling you obtain for the energy that goes into the unit over an entire season. In other words, it answers the question: How much cooling do you get out of your air conditioner per watt of electrical energy it uses?

What SEER Ratings Can an Air Conditioner Have?

Most modern AC units have a SEER rating between 13 and 21. The higher the rating, the more efficient the air conditioner is. Older models can have a rating below 13 while some contemporary, high-tech air conditioners can be rated higher than a 22.

How Much Energy and Money Does a Higher SEER-Rated AC Save?

Air conditioners with higher SEER ratings do cost more on the market but the energy bill savings you will get from such a unit are well worth the premium you are paying. Though not a precise metric, going up one SEER rating can translate to energy savings between 5-10 percent. For example, when you switch from an AC with a rating of 13 to a 14 SEER unit, your energy savings are approximately seven percent. This means even greater savings on your electricity bill if you are moving up two or three ratings.

Upgrade Your Air Conditioner and Start Saving

If you are in the Mesa, AZ, area and would like to find out how much you can save on your energy bill by replacing your air conditioner, contact Honest Air Conditioning today. Our reliable AC technicians will make sure you have the utmost comfort while enjoying the biggest energy savings possible. Check out our services and find the air conditioner that is best for your needs. We offer installation, repair, and maintenance services, too.