What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re thinking about air conditioner installation in Norton, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how productive your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electrical costs.

However, there are lots of different models on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating typically is accompanied by a more expensive price. So, how do you know which one is right for your residence?

At HCE Systems Inc, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 276-302-0076. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can influence your home’s comfort. And your electric costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at baseline 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER rating is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can reach us at 276-302-0076 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was replaced prior to that time, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly evolved in the past couple of years, with major progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on air conditioning costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is a Higher SEER Number Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency ones, which can go as high as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently pricier, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through cheaper air conditioning costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and greater, consume about 8% less electricity than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at varying speeds. This improves comfort for your residence while keeping your electric bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without needing a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to send cold air throughout your home. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at HCE Systems Inc are here to help. Give us a call at 276-302-0076 to book your free home comfort analysis right away.