What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how productive your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cold air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric expenses.

However, there are many different options to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating usually includes a more expensive price tag. So, how can you find out which one is ideal for your residence?

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

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your family’s comfort. And your energy expenses.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at minimum 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER rating is, you can check the sticker on the system outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 478-202-3076 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was replaced in advance of that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has swiftly advanced in the past several years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on air conditioning bills, since the thermostat can intuitively change your temperature settings when you’re gone.

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

Is a Higher SEER Ranking Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation shows the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll usually get the difference repaid over the years through lower cooling expenses. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and higher, use about 8% less electricity than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at different speeds. This improves comfort for your home while keeping your power costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more electrity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this system’s blower to send chilled air throughout your residence. Furnaces only run for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Gillman Heating and Air are ready to help. Reach us at 478-202-3076 to request your free home comfort analysis right away.