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Air Conditioning in Minnesota: Why SEER Rating Matters

Why does the SEER Rating matter?

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, so you need a working air conditioner to remain comfortable.

When you’re looking for the best new air conditioning in Minnesota, you need to understand the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) so you can compare models.

Here’s what you need to know about the SEER Rating.

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.

These standards have been in effect since January 1, 2015, and 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
  • 14 for packaged air conditioners

However, many HVAC manufacturers produce highly efficient units with ratings that go all the way up to 25.

Other Considerations When Purchasing a New Cooling System

In addition to a high SEER number, the DOE advises homeowners to look for new AC 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, we can help you with the rest.

Please contact us with additional questions or to request installation of a newly purchased unit.


If you need help and advice before you can determine which new air conditioning system is right for your home then why not Contact Us today?

We cover Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Edina, Hastings, Maplewood, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Roseville, North Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Saint Paul Park, South Saint Paul, Stillwater, West Lakeland, West Saint Paul, White Bear Lake, Woodbury, and many more locations.

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