What Is SEER?

With temperatures soaring in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, California, and New Mexico this summer, your air conditioning (AC) system is working hard to help you remain cool and comfortable inside your home. High efficient systems are the most ideal for this very reason. So if it’s time for an air conditioning replacement or you’re interested in an upgrade, pay attention to the SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, rating.

Our Carrier Cooling Center Dealers are here to provide the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) services you need for improved energy efficiency and indoor comfort. Find a Factory Authorized Dealer today to learn about the different makes and models of systems available for your Inland Empire or Bay Area home.

What Is a SEER Rating?

A SEER rating refers to the energy efficiency of an air conditioning system. Higher SEER ratings indicate better system efficiency. Energy-efficient systems use less energy to operate, resulting in decreased monthly energy bills.

Roughly 43 percent of energy costs come from heating and cooling your home, according to ENERGY STAR®. So opting for an energy-efficient air conditioning system with a high SEER rating will help you save a good amount of money each month.

SEER ratings can be anywhere from 13 to 26. It’s best to select an air conditioning system with a SEER rating of at least 14.5 or greater for your San Diego or Central Valley home. Systems with SEER ratings of 14.5 and above are efficient and ENERGY STAR approved.

What Are ENERGY STAR Certified Systems?

ENERGY STAR certifications indicate energy efficiency. To be ENERGY STAR certified, the system must meet specific requirements, such as providing energy savings. In addition to air conditioners, other systems like heat pumps, furnaces, and water heaters can be ENERGY STAR approved.

Additional Ways to Promote Energy Efficiency at Home

Upgrading your Los Angeles or Orange County home with energy-efficient products is a great way to reduce your overall energy usage and expenses, but there are other options to control how much energy your home uses.

Some additional ways you can improve your home’s energy efficiency include:

  • Turning off lights when they’re not needed and opening curtains or blinds for natural light
  • Weatherstripping and sealing your windows and doors
  • Installing a smart or programmable thermostat
  • Insulating your attic or crawl space
  • Upgrading to impact windows and doors
  • Adding a ceiling fan
  • Sealing your air ducts
  • Scheduling a duct cleaning
  • Having HVAC maintenance performed at least once a year

Turn to an Expert for All Your Air Conditioning Needs

Whether you’re looking to replace or upgrade your current air conditioning system to a newer model with a higher SEER rating or have other heating and cooling concerns, our Carrier Cooling Center Dealers can help. The system in your Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas, California, or New Mexico home should run efficiently. Find a Factory Authorized Dealer today so you can have your HVAC needs addressed.