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Planning to get a brand new air conditioning unit for your Covington home? I bet you’re here because you’re just not so sure if the 14 SEER or the fancy 16 SEER AC would better fit your cooling needs. Well, we’re here to help you make an informed decision by going into detail about the difference of a 14 SEER and a 16 SEER AC unit, as well as just give you an idea for which of these two would be best for your home and cooling needs. Before we start comparing the many features and benefits, let’s just help you get a better understanding of what SEER actually means.

What is SEER?


SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The SEER rating of an HVAC unit is determined by the following equation:


SEER Rating = Total amount of cooling the unit produces/total amount of electricity needed for the cooling


To analyze this result, remember that the higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the HVAC unit actually is. Ready to dive in and know the differences in terms of price and the comfort they offer? We are. When it comes to SEER, knowing what to look out for is key.



It probably wouldn’t surprise you if you found out that the price of an item is the first thing that a purchaser considers whenever buying or setting aside money for anything. This is often a deciding factor in choosing one item over another, or comparing pros and cons for things we’re considering purchasing. Hey, investment is a huge deal. Especially when it’s your hard earned money that’s being invested.


16 SEER will be undeniably more expensive upfront than a 14 SEER AC unit. The price difference will range from $500 to $1000 depending on the brand and several other factors. However, as we mentioned above, the higher the SEER rating a unit has, the better its overall energy efficiency. And the more energy efficient an appliance is, and in this case, an air conditioning unit, the lower your monthly utility bills are, which is always a reason to celebrate!


If you asked us if the extra money you’d be spending on a 16 SEER is worth it, we’d say yes again and again. Why? Because we’ve done the research and we know you can save more money with a 16 SEER unit in the long run. Yes, it’s an investment out front, but well worth it if you ask us.


Single-stage technology

When it comes to a 14 SEER and 16 SEER AC unit that both have the single-stage technology, the overall actual comfort levels are typically pretty much the exact same.


That being said, a 16 SEER AC unit is designed specifically to produce significantly more cooling output while using the same basic amount of electricity as that of a 14 SEER AC unit.


When we break it down, it’s easy to see why you’re going to be getting more cooling for your dollar with a 16 SEER AC unit. But why??

One reason we’ve found is that a 16 SEER AC unit produces more cooling just because of the clever way it was designed.


It was created to continue blowing for a minute or two even after the cooling cycle ends, which allows the AC to use some all of the remaining capacity for cool in the evaporator coils before shutting off.


2-Stage or Multistage Technology

All 14 SEER units have a single-stage technology, while the fancier 16 SEER units have 2-stage technology. What’s the difference, though? 2-Stage technology can offer more comfort because of its multi-speed and variable-speed features. This means overall less humidity and even more cool comfort throughout your entire home, all while using less energy. The answer is simple: A little extra investment now can save you loads of money in the long run.


Whether you settle for buying a 14 SEER or 16 SEER unit, you don’t want to try installing it on your own. Trust the professionals at One Hour Covington HVAC to take care of all of your heating and cooling needs. Give us a call TODAY!