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What is an Acceptable SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into chilled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical expenses.

However, there are lots of different models out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number often involves a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your home?

At Gillman Heating and Air, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 478-202-3076. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your electric costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

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’re unsure 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 residence. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 478-202-3076 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has quickly changed in the past few years, with huge advances in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric bills, since the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The most efficient models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll usually get the difference returned over the years through cheaper power expenses. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and higher, consume about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at a number of speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your power expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can work for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to send cool air around your home. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Gillman Heating and Air are available to assist you. Give us a call at 478-202-3076 to request your free home comfort analysis today.

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