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Blog Title: What is a SEER rating?

Main Que: What is a SEER rating?

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  • Query By: EDWIN SALAZAR (Bellevue, CA)
  • Date: 11/06/2014

Answer: "SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Electricity is purchased in a unit/measurement called Watts. Whereas the amount of air conditioning is expressed in BTUs(British Thermal Units). The SEER lets you convert watts to BTUs. For example, if you had a 13.0 SEER unit, you would get 13 BTUs for every watt of power, so the higher SEER the better. Currently the lowest SEER is 13.0 and the highest is 21.0. The higher the SEER, the higher the cost will be to initially install the better equipment. You should take into account how long it will take you to start getting paid back on your initial investment before you decide what SEER you should buy."

  • Replied By: GWENDOLYN BOWEN (Mcfarland, MN)
  • Replied Date: 11/29/2014