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Anyone who is looking to buy a new HVAC unit should be familiar with SEER standards. SEER, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, is a measurement of your unit's electrical efficiency. In short, it is an indication of how much electricity you will have to buy in order to power your system.
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy raised the minimum SEER requirement from 10 to 13, establishing a new standard in energy efficiency nationwide. This has both positive and negative effects on you, the buyer. The upside is that your new unit will be 30% more efficient than the old 10-SEER models, saving you up to $300 per year in electricity; the downside is that cheaper 10-SEER units are no longer on the marketplace.
If you own a 10-SEER unit, you may find it cost-efficient in the short term to keep it running with regular maintenance and repair. However, it will eventually reach the end of its lifespan and you will need to convert up to a 13-SEER.