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What is a SEER rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating and it is how the Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Institute rates appliances based on the amount of electricity they use. To keep it simple, the HIGHER the SEER rating, the LESS electricity it uses. As of  January 1, 2015, all central air conditioners installed in the Southwestern Region must be a minimum 14 SEER and 12.2 EER. The Southwestern Region consists of the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) revised energy conservation rules to impose elevated minimum standards and regional standards for residential HVAC systems. The regional approach recognizes the differences in cost-optimization resulting from regional climate differences. For example, there is little cost benefit to having a very high SEER air conditioning unit in Maine, a state in the northeast U.S.

Starting January 1, 2015, all central air conditioners installed in the Southwestern Region must be a minimum 14 SEER and 12.2 EER beginning on January 1, 2015. The Southwestern Region consists of the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Why should I replace my system sooner than later even if its not broken?

R-22 refrigerant, which is inside approximately 95% of all air conditioners currently in use, has stopped being produced inside all new air conditioners manufactured since 2012. In addition, the EPA has also drastically reduced the production of ALL R-22 being manufactured for use in the repair of all R-22 systems in use due to Freon’s harmful effects on the Earth’s ozone layer. This has caused the price of R-22 Freon to skyrocket to $60-$100 per pound. Some contractors are even charging upwards of over $100 per pound for R-22. Since the average air conditioner holds around 10 pounds of Freon, if your system starts leaking or loses all of its Freon, it could cost a homeowner well over $1,000 to repair in the future.

For this reason, many homeowners are replacing there homes central air conditioner and switching to the new R-410A Freon, which is more EPA-friendly and is less than $20 per pound.

Which SEER rating is right for me?

Only the homeowner can answer that question, taking into account many factors including how long they expect to be in the home and if they can afford the higher upfront cost of a higher SEER unit. Ask our COMFORT SPECIALIST what SEER rating they would recommend. A/C EXPERTS ALWAYS provides a FREE UNIT REPACEMENT ESTIMATE for replacing your home’s central air conditioning and heating system.

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