What does SEER stand for?

what-is-seerWhen you request a bid for a new air conditioner from Kohles & Bach, we’ll include three quotes: a good, better and best option. One of the differences in the three options will be the SEER rating on the unit.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It’s calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy input during the same time frame. More simply, it’s a measurement of the energy efficiency of your air conditioning unit (SEER is also used to measure heat pumps).

The higher the rating, the more efficient the performance of the air conditioner and the more money you will save on your cooling bill.

As of 2006, the U.S. government requires a SEER rating of at least 13. In 2015, that requirement goes up for southern U.S. states, but not for Iowa.

Here’s a list of Lennox air conditioners and their SEER ratings.

This calculator tells you the difference a higher SEER air conditioner will make on your cooling bill.