What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it looks at how effective your air conditioner is at converting electricity into chilled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling bill.

However, there are a lot of different options on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number typically involves a more expensive price. So, how can you find out which one is best for your residence?

At LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc., we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 570-648-0748. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can influence your loved ones’ comfort. And your electric expenses.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners must be at least 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 put in or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can give us a call at 570-648-0748 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that year, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has swiftly evolved in the past several years, with huge breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning costs, because the thermostat can intuitively regulate your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings depend on 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 using electricity for cooling. The best efficient ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement means the air conditioner meets EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll generally get the difference back over time through cheaper cooling expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and higher, use about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute cool air around your residence. Furnaces only last for approximately 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 ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at LTS Plumbing & Heating Inc. are here to help. Reach us at 570-648-0748 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.