+1insertname2020 wrote: ↑ Contrary to what one poster here suggested, SEER rating has no bearing on the quality and noise level of the unit until you get super high end 17++ for which there are no low budget options.
Both low budget and mainstream line units are available in the 13-16 seer range.
The main differences are in cabinet quality, noise level, and protection from loss of charge or fan motor failure. (the better ones shut themselves off to prevent compressor damage)
Here in the GTA we're cooling something like 3 months... maybe a little more or a little less. The amount of energy saved / money saved simply does not make sense to purchase higher SEER rating AC... unless the Government chips in for some of the initial purchase difference. Since no such things exist anymore, it is highly dubious why anyone would push for higher SEER ratings.
If we were in Florida though, it would actually make sense to get higher SEER ratings for sure. You're better served using that extra cash to buy a nice snowblower than a higher SEER AC.
Also, I agree there's some really dishonest advise being thrown around by a certain poster.