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Every year, thousands of homeowners are forced to replace their air conditioning unit. This can be inconvenient on any occasion, but it’s especially bothersome when it happens during summer.

While there are many factors that determine the right AC unit for your home, if this happens to you, remember to check the SEER rating of whatever unit you’re considering.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating is a numerical representation of the amount of cooling power that can be produced per unit of electricity that is applied. The higher your unit is rated, the more efficient it’s deemed to be, and with increased efficiency comes savings.

The rating for any air conditioning system should be easy to find within the product specifications of the unit. An HVAC professional will also be able to assist you in finding the information you need.

SEER ratings for new systems nowadays will almost always be 13 or higher, as that is the current federal minimum. In the very warmest locations, 14 is the minimum. Currently, SEER ratings can go as high as 25, but the higher the ratings will usually be accompanied by a higher sticker price. The upside is that the long-term cost of operating the air conditioner will be lower, so searching for a more efficient system is a smart investment for those who can afford it or who are able to secure financing for the purchase.

Whether you’re in the market for a new air conditioner or if you simply need air conditioning repair, we have a solution for you. Our qualified technicians can do what is necessary to keep you cool and comfortable all summer long. Contact our offices in San Jose, CA and let us know how we can help you.