The Energy Policy Act of 1992 established the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and comprehending what the ratio refers to can help homeowners who are interested in procuring a more efficient cooling system.

Understanding the SEER Rating

A SEER rating is a numerical evaluation that reveals the efficiency of a home’s air conditioner or heat pump. With air conditioning systems, the SEER rating derives from dividing the cooling output by the energy input. All central air-conditioning and air-source heat pump systems must meet a mandated minimum SEER rating requirement. Interestingly, because of climate variance, different standards exist for cooling systems sold in Northern states as opposed to those sold in Southern states.

Minimum Ratings

Current minimum ratings are higher than the original SEER ratings established in 1992. The U.S. Energy Information Administration notes that the most recent SEER ratings were enacted in 2015, but those ratings will rise in 2023.

In Northern states, the 2023 minimum SEER rating will increase to 14. As for heat pumps, the national rating minimum will rise to 15. Homeowners interested in purchasing a new HVAC unit need to understand that these are minimum efficiency ratings. Purchasing a unit with a higher rating and better efficiency is possible.

The Value of the SEER Rating

The SEER rating system allows consumers to purchase an energy-efficient cooling system. The more efficient the unit is the less energy waste results. Reducing energy waste can decrease monthly energy bills since an efficient system won’t consume more energy to get the job done. Energy-efficient systems also help reduce negative effects on the environment.

Time to Upgrade

At Complete Heating and Cooling, we provide numerous HVAC-related options to customers, including installation, maintenance, and repair. We’ve been in business for 14 years, and we pride ourselves on furnishing first-rate services to our clients in Fredericksburg, VA and the surrounding areas. If you are ready to upgrade your HVAC system and experience tremendous savings on your energy bills, call our office today.

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