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SEER Requirements for New Air Conditioners in North Carolina

What Does SEER Mean?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This is the system by which an air conditioner’s ability to cool air is measured against the power it uses while doing so. The higher the SEER, the greater the air conditioner’s overall efficiency.

Why Does This Matter to North Carolina Homeowners?

In North Carolina, your air conditioner is likely using more energy than any other system in your home. That means the SEER level of your next air conditioner unit will be critical to saving on energy costs and keeping your home cool and comfortable.

What’s the Minimum SEER Requirement for New Air Conditioners in North Carolina?

The EPA requires air conditioning systems installed in homes after January 1st, 2015, to have a minimum SEER rating of 14. Even if your unit was installed after this – that doesn’t necessarily mean you should breathe a sigh of relief and cross off “new air conditioner” from your “to-buy” list. You’re likely losing money each month that could be saved with a more efficient unit!

How Do I Determine the Best Efficient, SEER-Compliant Unit for My Home?

The Department of Energy provides free resources for homeowners to help you predict your energy savings depending on the SEER ratings of your unit. But the SEER rating is just part of the overall calculation that should go into your next AC purchase. Homeowners should also consider things like BTUs, home size, make, and model. 

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