Anyone who has lived in Minnesota for more than a year knows that the summers and even part of autumn can be extremely hot and humid. That means you need a working air conditioner to remain comfortable. When it’s clear your old unit is no longer efficient, the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is useful to help you select the best air conditioning in Minnesota.
The Higher the Number, the Greater the Efficiency
The Department of Energy (DOE) created the SEER program 25 years ago to aid consumers in evaluating the expected energy efficiency and overall performance of a new air conditioner. The SEER rating of a unit is always a whole number. Minnesota is in the northern region of the country, which means the DOE enforces a minimum SEER of 13 for split-system air conditioners and 14 for packaged air conditioners. These standards have been in effect since January 1, 2015. However, many HVAC manufacturers produce highly efficient units with ratings all the way up to 25.
Other Considerations When Purchasing a New Cooling System
In addition to a high SEER, the DOE advises homeowners to look for new units with the following features:
- Reminder to change air filter
- Quiet operation
- Variable speed air handler
- A fan-only switch that allows for minimal use overnight
- An automatic-delay feature on the fan switch that turns it off within a few minutes of someone turning off the compressor
These are just some of the many factors to consider when purchasing a new air conditioner. Please contact us with additional questions or to request installation of a newly purchased unit.