WHAT IS A SEER RATING?
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, the standard measurement of air conditioning efficiency established by the U.S. Department of Energy. More importantly, higher SEER ratings translate into greater energy efficiency. Just remember, the higher the SEER rating, the more money you save.
Why a higher efficiency rating (SEER) can save energy:
If your current air conditioner or heat pump is more than 10 years old, it could be operating at lower than 8.00 SEER. Compare the estimated annual bill of an 8.00 SEER system to that of a higher SEER, such as a 12.00 or 13.00. For instance, if the annual cooling bill of an 8.00 SEER system was $1,000, it could potentially cost only $615 for a 13.00 SEER system, or an annual savings of 38%.
As of January 2023, new requirements for minimum SEER ratings will go into effect after approval from the Department of Energy for residential heat pump and central air conditioning systems.
Arizona lies within the Southwest area and new minimum SEER ratings will be as follows:
- For Residential AC Systems under 45,000 Btu/hr – rating must be 15 SEER
- For Residential AC systems over 45,000 Btu/hr – rating must be 14.5 SEER
- For all regions, heat pump ratings must be 15 SEER