When in the market for new heating and cooling equipment, the Scottsdale air conditioning installation experts at Wolff Mechanical recommend factoring in the SEER rating. With the potential to help you save big on your next utility bill, installing a new HVAC system may be the difference between another costly expense or a qualifying tax rebate.

SEER Ratings Explained

A SEER rating is commonly defined as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It was developed as a performance standard for measuring the efficiency for the cooling process of air conditioners and heat pumps.  Currently, the minimum SEER rating required is 13  and tends to depend on the make and model of your HVAC unit.

What’s a SEER?

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating

  • The performance of your cooling and heating system is determined in a large part by your HVAC equipment’s operating efficiency.
  • Each “matched system” – an outdoor compressor bearing unit that matches with an indoor unit – is tested and awarded an Energy Efficiency Rating.
  • The more cooling/heating a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes, the higher rating it will receive.  The higher the efficiency rating of your system, the less energy it will consume.
  • Also, utility companies will often compensate homeowners to the tune of hundreds of dollars to install high-efficiency systems.

Air Conditioning Effciency-SEER Rating

As of January 2006, the federal government mandates that all new central air conditioning equipment be at least SEER-13, but there is equipment available rated as high as SEER-18 and even SEER-23 .

To find out which SEER rated heating and cooling unit is right for you, please call Wolff Mechanical at (602) 814-0004.