What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Huntingburg, you should also be considering your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it examines how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your energy costs.

However, there are a lot of varying models out there for air conditioners. And a better SEER ranking often includes a higher price. So, how can you determine which one is best for your residence?

At Dearing's Service & Solutions, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 812-200-5844. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your family’s comfort. And your energy bills.

How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER rating is, you can look at the sticker on the condenser outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 812-200-5844 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in in advance of that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly evolved in the past couple of years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility costs, as the thermostat can intuitively adjust your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is a Higher SEER Ranking Ideal?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over time through lower power expenses. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and greater, consume about 8% less power than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your house while keeping your electrical expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can operate for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this equipment’s blower to distribute cold air throughout your residence. Furnaces only last for around 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Dearing's Service & Solutions are here to assist you. Reach us at 812-200-5844 to request your free home comfort analysis now.