What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it examines how capable your air conditioner is at converting electricity into chilled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your cooling expenses.

However, there are many different solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER number often involves a more expensive price. So, how do you know which one is best for your house?

At True Temp Heating & Air Inc, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 706-695-7492. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at least 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can locate the sticker on the condenser outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can reach us at 706-695-7492 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in before that year, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly advanced in the past several years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on air conditioning costs, as the thermostat can intuitively regulate your temperature settings when you’re out.

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

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation signifies the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll normally get the difference back over time through smaller cooling expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and higher, 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 technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your air conditioning costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can work for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to distribute cold air around 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 perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at True Temp Heating & Air Inc are ready to help. Call us at 706-695-7492 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.