What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re thinking over air conditioner installation in Huntsville, 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 turning electricity into cooled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric costs.

However, there are many varying solutions out there for air conditioners. And a better SEER ranking frequently involves a more expensive price. So, how do you know which one is right for your residence?

At All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 256-801-4701. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can impact your family’s comfort. And your electrical expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can reach us at 256-801-4701 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly advanced in the past few years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning bills, because the thermostat can automatically change your temperature settings when you’re out.

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

Is a Higher SEER Rating Optimal?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The most efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation means the air conditioner meets EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more expensive, you’ll normally get the difference returned throughout the years through reduced electric costs. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and greater, use about 8% less electricity than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your home while keeping your cooling expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to send cool air throughout your home. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend 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 All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc are available to help. Reach us at 256-801-4701 to set your free home comfort analysis today.