What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Crestview, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it gauges how productive your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cold air. A greater number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical expenses.

However, there are a lot of different models available for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating typically includes a more expensive cost. So, how can you find out which one is ideal for your home?

At Gordon Air Conditioning, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 850-250-0335. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at minimum 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 rating is, you can check the sticker on the condenser outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 850-250-0335 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in before that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly changed in the past couple of years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on electrical bills, because the thermostat can intuitively adjust 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 electrical costs. 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 converting electricity for cooling. The best efficient ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over time through smaller electrical bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and greater, use about 8% less electricity than other new units, 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 operate at different speeds. This improves comfort for your loved ones while keeping your electric expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can work for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to send cool air across your house. Furnaces only last for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Gordon Air Conditioning are here to support you. Give us a call at 850-250-0335 to set your free home comfort analysis now.