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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it gauges how capable your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electric expenses.

However, there are a lot of differing solutions available for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating often includes a higher price tag. So, how can you find out which one is right for your home?

At Air Temperature Control, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 478-202-3170. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can influence your home’s comfort. And your utility expenses.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at least 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 ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 478-202-3170 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in in advance of that date, it’s presumably much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly evolved in the past few years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly change your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity expenses. Your savings are tied to 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 highest efficiency models, which can go as high as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll usually get the difference returned throughout the years through cheaper cooling bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and higher, consume about 8% less power 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 run at varying speeds. This improves comfort for your house while keeping your electrical bills reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this system’s blower to distribute cool air throughout your house. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Air Temperature Control are ready to support you. Reach us at 478-202-3170 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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