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AC System SEER Rating

What's a SEER Rating, and Why Does It Matter?

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of your air conditioner can have a major effect on your cooling costs. That’s especially true during the sultry summers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Choosing a system that has a higher SEER rating can translate to greater comfort and lower utility bills. Here’s what you need to know about your AC system’s SEER rating and why it matters:

What’s a SEER Rating?

Standards established by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) set forth the requirements for various SEER ratings. To determine this rating, you must divide the cooling output of an AC system by the amount of electric energy expended to generate it. The parameters of testing for SEER are equalized to ensure that all systems are rated against the same set of conditions.

Minimum SEER for Louisiana Residents

Beginning in January 2015, new split-system central air units installed in the state of Louisiana and throughout the southeastern region of the U.S. must achieve SEER ratings of 14 or higher. This federal requirement intends to promote greater energy efficiency and lower utility bills for residents of these areas. In other areas of the United States, SEER ratings of 13 or higher have been required since January 2006.

What Do SEER Ratings Mean to You?

More efficient air conditioning systems can cut your energy consumption for cooling your home. As a result, they help you lower energy costs. Choosing a system with a high SEER rating can also ensure that your family enjoys the greatest comfort, even on hot summer days. This can allow you to create a cool and restful retreat inside your home when the temperature soars outside.

By taking the SEER rating into account when selecting your next air conditioning system, you can enjoy added peace of mind about the cost of cooling your home or business. This can add up to greater comfort throughout the year. Contact Surgi’s Heating and Air Conditioning at (504) 469-4232 for expert recommendations when purchasing your next HVAC system.