‘Tis the season…for panicked calls to the A/C repair folks and $500 electric bills. If you’ve got a client who’s eager to get relief from the painful A/C bills of their current home, learning about SEER ratings and how to search them in the MLS could get you a cool customer.
HVAC is an acronym that stands for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning and is the mechanism or technology that controls the climate in a given location. Central air conditioning is an example of an HVAC system.
SEER is another acronym for a measurement of energy efficiency, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. You can calculate the SEER rating by dividing the cooling output by the total electrical input during the same period. Use the model number of the unit to find the SEER rating online. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 13 is the minimum SEER rating for units made today. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit is, resulting in lower energy bills. And as with most things designed to save you money, they typically cost more upfront.
SEER in Flexmls
If your seller wants to advertise their SEER rating, you can enter that information (whole numbers only) into Flexmls by going to the Cooling section under the Details tab when editing the listing, clicking HVAC SEER Rating and entering the number.
If you’ve got a buyer who has a desired SEER number, you can find that field under the Cooling section. Once selected, you’ll be able to enter a SEER range (whole numbers only).