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Department of Energy Raises Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio

The U.S Department of Energy recently raised the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) for air conditioning equipment in the South and Southwest. The minimum SEER requirement was raised from 13 to 14. At Parker and Sons, we ultimately see this as a regulation aimed at the manufacturers, and indirectly benefiting the customers.

The SEER rating applies to your air-conditioning unit much like miles per gallon applies to your automobile. A SEER rating is calculated by measuring the total cooling output compared to the total energy expended. The higher the number the more efficient the energy use. Usually, a higher SEER rating means a more expensive air condition unit. But it also means lower monthly energy bills and greater savings in the long run.

As previously mentioned, we believe that new air-conditioning regulations implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy will ultimately benefit the consumer. The new regulation grants manufacturers an 18 month grace period to sell their outdated AC units. In order to move this inventory before the deadline approaches, producers of AC units will be forced to lower the price on these units. Consumers may enjoy a quality AC unit at a reduced price. Also, as a general trend, whenever the SEER rating is raised, older models below the required SEER requirement will be significantly discounted.

Whatever the case, it’s important to deal with professionals whenever AC concerns come up, especially in the sweltering hot desert heat of Arizona. We often receive calls from our competitors customers complaining that that their AC unit fails to live up to the promises made by the manufacturer. However, more often than not, the AC inefficiency is directly caused by the company that installed it. This does not happen at Parker and Sons because all our qualified experts are required to pass rigorous qualifications and uphold a level of customer satisfaction that towers high above our peers.

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