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AC Efficiency 101: What's A SEER Rating?

As any Escondido resident knows, we count on our AC units to provide powerful cooling all year long. If you are facing an AC replacement and installation, this is the perfect time to make sure your air conditioner has the power it needs to live up to your demands.

My Guy Heating & Air has the best Escondido AC installation team because we do more than install your new unit — we care about AC efficiency. When you work with our team, you can be sure that your new unit will have the best SEER rating for your home. Read on to learn more about SEER and why it’s so important for your home’s efficiency.

What Does SEER Mean?

A Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating given to every single air conditioning unit that leaves the manufacturer. This rating measures how well a unit is designed to chill or heat air in a given amount of time. Your AC’s SEER is important to home efficiency because it will determine the range of energy your unit requires to regulate the temperature in the home.

What’s The Best SEER Rating?

Of course, your first concern after hearing how important SEER ratings are is getting the best SEER rating out there. Don’t make a hasty decision! SEER ratings are often tied to the size of your unit, and all these decisions need to fit the demands of your home. If you purchase a large unit to get the highest SEER you can find, you’ll be sorry when your AC fails to function as it should.

There’s no one best SEER rating for everyone. The secret to finding the best SEER rating for you is taking into account the climate where you live, the size of your home and your budget. The industry standard for SEER ratings is set around 13 or 14 SEER depending on where you live. While SEER ratings can range up to 20+ SEER, make sure you actually need the upgrade before investing in it. Most households are perfectly served by an AC unit rated 14-16 SEER.

Pros & Cons of High SEER Ratings

As with any home upgrade or investment, there are advantages and disadvantages to choosing to purchase a higher SEER-rated unit. Be aware that this is just one of many decisions you must make for your new air conditioner, so be sure you’re taking all decisions into account before finalizing your choice.


A higher SEER rating is absolutely going to be a more efficient choice for your home. The high SEER rating alone means that your unit will use less energy to provide more accurate heating and cooling throughout the year. If energy usage and bills are your main concern, upgrading your SEER rating might be the top choice for you.


The downside of higher SEER ratings is the consequential increase in cost. A higher-performing system is going to logically cost more to purchase. If your budget doesn’t allow for an increase in cost upfront, high SEER units might not be the best option for you. 

Let The Professionals Help You Out!

Here at My Guy Heating & Air, we understand how important all of these factors are to your comfort and wallet. That’s why we offer our advice and help every step of the way. Whether you need expert AC installation services or advice on the SEER rating your home needs, we’re here for you. Contact us today for more information!

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