Every homeowner in Lafayette, Louisiana, wants to cut costs on air conditioning. One way to do this is to install an air conditioner with a higher SEER rating. But what is a SEER? Learn about SEER ratings and how this affects your home’s energy usage.

What is a SEER?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the HVAC industry standard used to gauge how energy-efficient an air conditioner operates. SEER ratings are calculated based on the amount of energy required to provide a specific cooling output. SEER ratings range from 13 to 21, and some are even higher. In general, the higher the SEER rating, the more energy-efficient the air conditioner.

What’s the SEER Requirement in Louisiana?

The U.S. Department of Energy has mandated a minimum SEER rating that differs from state to state. In Louisiana, air conditioners must have a SEER rating of at least 14. If you’re able to purchase one with a higher rating, you could benefit from further energy savings. However, you can’t purchase one with a rating lower than 14.

How Does SEER Affect Energy Costs?

While air conditioners with higher SEER ratings are more energy-efficient, they also cost more to purchase. In some cases, the energy savings you score will offset the initial cost. As a result, the unit eventually “pays for itself.” However, this is not always the case.

For most households, the minimum SEER rating is sufficient and will do a great job of keeping your energy bill low. So, before you splurge on an air conditioner with a 21 SEER rating, have your HVAC contractor assess your home to determine if that’s necessary.

If the time has come to replace your air conditioner, pay attention to the SEER rating and look for a unit with the ENERGY STAR label. If in doubt, speak to Desormeaux’s Heating & Air Conditioning at 337-735-2201. We’ll assess your home and recommend an AC unit with a SEER that will adequately meet your home’s comfort needs and cut your energy costs.

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