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When it Comes to Central AC. What is a Good SEER Rating?

- 10:00 am - May 22nd, 2024

If you have been looking at upgrading your central air conditioning system, you have probably come across something called a Season Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER indicates how efficiently your AC converts electricity into cool air, impacting your energy bills and comfort. Here’s a breakdown to help you choose the unit with the right SEER rating for your needs.

The minimum SEER rating for new central air conditioning systems is 15 (or 14.3 SEER2) in Virginia, and the maximum SEER rating available today is 26. It’s generally recommended to choose a system with the highest SEER rating that also meets your home needs and your budget. Let’s look into some of the most common SEER ratings for central air systems, and how to choose the one best for you.

  • 15 SEER or higher: Ideal for most replacements, offering a balance between efficiency and upfront cost.
  • 16 SEER or higher: Excellent choice for energy-conscious homeowners, resulting in significant energy cost savings over time.
  • 18 SEER or higher: Considered high-efficiency systems, these systems offer long-term savings and tend to last longer due to better manufacturing, but have a higher total upfront cost.

With this in mind, you might still be wondering which central air system is the best for your home. That all depends on your home’s size, insulation, and most importantly, your budget. E.T. Lawson proudly installs state-of-the-art Bosch cooling systems that can reach SEER ratings up to 22!

The best way to learn which central AC unit is right for you is by contacting the energy experts at E.T. Lawson! Our team will evaluate your home and cooling needs to help find the perfect system for you!

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