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Old April 21st, 2014, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Can someone explain AC unit SEER ratings?

10 seer vs 13 seer vs 16 seer for a 5 ton AC unit....looking for a basic understanding of upfront cost vs operating cost savings.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 12:01 AM   #2
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Its my understanding(just what I've read on the net) that the higher the number of seer the more energy efficient it is.
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Seer rating is number of btus removed per watt of electricity used.

Normally we don't recommend much beyond a 14-15 seer unit for our area, we do install higher seer units but it's often more for other features rather then just energy savings.

Make sure you get an AHRI match up, it proves that the condensing unit and indoor coil are matched to each other and will operate at advertised levels, the higher seer units will also often need a matched furnace with a variable speed blower to achieve the advertised seer rating.

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Old April 22nd, 2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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I think minumum seer right now is like 14. And, for Michigan, just stick to minimum seer.
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I don't think it will ever be warm enough to need a/c.
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13 SEER is the minimum that you can get, the payback on the higher efficiency units usually doesn't make sense given the climate here. Like Brewchief mentioned thought, many of the fancy units are the high efficiency, 2 stage or variable speed compressors. If your looking for a quote let me know, I'll be in your area Monday for a gas piping job.
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