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What is a SEER rating?

You’ve probably heard us talk about SEER ratings when recommending various products. I want to explain to you exactly what it means so that you are aware of why it matters in your decision making. The SEER rating is an indicator of efficiency and stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. It measures the ratio of electricity input (KW) to BTU output.

What exactly does that even mean? Well, BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. One BTU is the amount of heat it takes to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. Therefore, SEER is measuring how much electricity is being used in relation to how much heat is being eliminated by the BTU output. It’s an accurate measure of efficiency, and I like to use it in making recommendations around Tampa.

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