What is SEER?
The term SEER is an acronym that stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is a manufacturer term used to rate a cooling systems potential efficiency.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio is a metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficiently the air conditioner operates. When a manufacturer puts a SEER rating on a cooling condenser it will be the optimal number. So as a baseline an air conditioner with a SEER rated at 20 means that at 82 degrees you can expect to get the SEER 20 rating. But as soon as the temperature rises and the A/C must work harder, the SEER rating will decrease.
A simple comparison is to think about SEER ratings like the fuel economy listed on the window stick of a new car. A car may say it will get 25 MPG while driving on the highway. But MPG is just an estimate base on how hard the motor is working. The actual MPG will vary. The same thing applies when talking about SEER.
SEER is a good measuring tool but certainly not the entire story behind energy efficiency. Many things factor in. For the best results consult a Titan HVAC professional. Talk to us about your desires for comfort in your home. By evaluating your entire home we can help you get the most efficient cooling system that meets your comfort needs.
You might be interested in our article on HSPF ratings also.