Save Money With Higher SEER Ratings

It’s that dreaded 101-degree day, and your air conditioner goes out. An expert from McIntire HVAC comes out and tells you that you are going to need a new one. Choosing a new air conditioner is a very important decision. Everyone wants to pick a good air conditioner and save money while doing so. One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner is its SEER rating.

What is a SEER Rating?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It is defined by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. Technically, a SEER rating is the cooling that the air conditioner puts out during the season divided by the total amount of electric energy input during that season.

It’s always better to talk about the important stuff in not-so-technical terms. A SEER rating for your air conditioner is the number assigned to the unit to help you determine how energy efficient your unit is and how much money you can save!

How Does a SEER Rating Help Me Calculate My Future Energy Savings?

McIntire HVAC takes a lot of pride in their knowledge and expertise of the heating and air conditioning world. There are a couple of ways that a SEER rating can factor into the cost of a new air conditioning unit.


  • The Higher the SEER Rating, The Less it Costs to Operate – If you choose an air conditioning unit with a very high SEER rating, it will cost you less money to run than one with a lower rating. A typical air conditioning unit lasts for 12-16 years, so you want to think of the long-term savings when you make your purchase. When you take the amount of money you save with a more energy efficient unit and divide by 16 years, those savings really do add up!
  • A Higher SEER Rating Has a Higher Initial Cost – When you start shopping for a new air conditioning unit, you will notice that the price of each unit varies greatly. This is due to the SEER rating. The higher the SEER rating, the higher the cost will be to purchase that unit. The upfront costs may cause you to turn to a less expensive unit with a lower SEER rating. But here at McIntire HVAC, we encourage you to take another look. The long-term savings of a unit with a high SEER rating greatly surpasses the savings of the upfront cost. You may have to pay a little more up front, but you will be more than happy to see lower electric bills over the course of 12-16 years.


Whether you want to upgrade your current air conditioning unit or need to replace your old one, you want to do your research before making a purchase. Do not make your decision based on the upfront cost of a new unit. A SEER rating can go from 13 all the way up to 21. It is best to turn to the Internet and use a SEER rating calculator to see how much you can really save!

If you have any questions or concerns while choosing a new air conditioning unit, do not hesitate to call McIntire HVAC. Our experts will share our knowledge and help you choose the unit that is right for you.