Purchasing a new air conditioning unit for your home is a major expense. The cooling system that you choose to install needs to be a good match for the size of your home and the climate where you are located. Florida’s weather requires a highly efficient air conditioning unit.

Finding an efficient air conditioning unit can be tough, but a great way to start comparing units is to look at their SEER ratings. But what’s a SEER rating? Here is a quick guide to get you started in learning about SEER and the benefits that higher SEER units offer the homeowner:

  • SEER is short for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.” This is the ratio that measures the level of cooling creating by the air conditioning system per unit of energy that the system uses.
  • Air conditioning units with higher SEER ratings are more efficient in their conversion of energy to cooling than A/C systems with a lower ratio. This means that higher rated models can save you money in cooling costs.
  • Since January of 2006, the federal government has mandated that all new air conditioning units must have a SEER rating of at least 13, but the most efficient units rate in the mid-20s.
  • Cooling systems with higher SEER ratings are more environmentally friendly. Highly rated SEER A/C units can reduce tens of thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases from being released.

For the answers to any of your questions about SEER or other heating and cooling concerns, please contact the experts at Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. Inc. We have been proudly serving the people of the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater since 1993.

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