WHAT DOES SEER ACTUALLY MEAN???
Seer rating is often used to describe different types of HVAC equipment, but what does it actually mean? It stands for the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Different brands of equipment test out their products at their factories to ensure they meet the standard of the SEER ratings before they are distributed to wholesalers. To a consumer, it can feel like a misrepresentation because the units are tested for average temperatures not at extreme temperatures like we see in Phoenix, AZ.
It’s critical when choosing what the right system for your home to understand all the facts regarding seer rating as well as the functionality of different types of equipment. Some examples are single-stage, two-stage, and variable speed. Seer rating will change again at the end of 2022. Currently, in Arizona the minimum is 14 seer, however, the equipment can go all the way to 25 SEER. Sometimes it’s not just about price shopping it’s about the value of the equipment and more importantly the quality of the installation. Seer rating and types of equipment are valuable pieces of information as well.