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SEER2 Ratings and AC Replacement in Los Angeles

Is it time for a Los Angeles AC replacement at your house? If so, we are the experts that you can trust. We can help you navigate the many factors that go into selecting the just-right AC replacement for your home and family.

This includes reviewing SEER2 ratings as well as overall AC capacity. You can keep reading to learn more about how to decide which air conditioner is right for you. Then give our team a call to schedule your in-home assessment where we can review all of your options with you.

What is a SEER2 Rating?

The HVAC industry had an energy efficiency standard through the end of 2022 that was called SEER. This rating system was a method of testing AC systems for energy efficiency. Each unit received a rating so that HVAC professionals could install the appropriate system in your home based on your climate zone and energy efficiency preferences. If you wanted to have a higher efficiency model, a higher SEER rating was better.

However, this rating system became outdated because it did not take into account many real-world factors of cooling your home. For example, it did not consider the impact of ductwork as well as other factors such as fluctuating weather and temperatures. So in January 2023, a new rating system was introduced and named SEER2. This new standard will give you a much more accurate idea of how much energy an air conditioner uses to cool your home.

Why Is the SEER2 Rating Important?

If energy efficiency and environmental friendliness are important to you, the SEER2 rating system can help. Here in California, the minimum SEER2 rating is 14.3. That means an HVAC system has to be at least a 14.3 on the SEER2 scale to even be considered for installation. In other states, there are lower SEER2 standards, but because we rely on our air conditioners so much here, the standard is higher. 

The higher the rating, the better the energy efficiency. Even though 14.3 is the minimum in our area, we encourage you to invest in a system that has a higher rating. This will save you money on energy costs over the life of your unit. Better energy efficiency also reduces strain on your air conditioner so it has the potential for a longer lifespan with less wear and tear.

Cost Considerations

It is important to note that a high-efficiency AC system does cost more upfront for the initial purchase price. You’re paying for higher quality and components that work together for greater energy efficiency. Although you do spend more upfront, you also stand to save more by way of energy costs over the life of your AC system. The savings over 15 years may add up to outweigh the extra money you spent initially. 

JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a high-efficiency AC system in Glendale, CA!

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