What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it measures how productive your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric costs.

However, there are many varying models available for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking often is accompanied by a higher price tag. So, how can you find out which one is best for your residence?

At Davis Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 540-369-3790. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can affect your family’s comfort. And your energy bills.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at least 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 replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the condenser outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 540-369-3790 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has swiftly evolved 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 conserve more on electric bills, because the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual utility expenses. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating 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® certification. This designation signifies the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll usually get the difference returned over the years through smaller cooling bills. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less energy than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your electrical expenses reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more electrity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner relies on this system’s blower to send cool air throughout your house. Furnaces only last for approximately 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 ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning are available to help. Give us a call at 540-369-3790 to set your free home comfort analysis now.