What is 13 SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is an energy efficiency rating that is applied to all heat pump and central air conditioning equipment or components. As of January 23, 2006, in an effort to increase America’s energy efficiency, the U.S. Department of Energy enforced a new regulation that required all newly-manufactured heat pump and central air conditioning equipment or component ratings to be increased from 10 SEER to 13 Seer. This resulted in a phase-out of less efficient machines and components. When the components rated less than 13 SEER are depleted, you could face high, unexpected repair costs or replacement of your entire system. An American Home Shield Warranty includes coverage that addresses the 13 SEER capability issues if you have not already addressed them.