What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy costs.

However, there are a lot of different models available for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating frequently is accompanied by a more expensive price tag. So, how can you determine which one is best for your residence?

At Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 262-358-9468. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 262-358-9468 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed before that year, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly evolved in the past couple of years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on AC costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

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

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The most efficient models, which can go as great as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement means the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently pricier, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over the years through cheaper utility bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and greater, consume about 8% less power than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

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

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to send cold air across your house. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc are ready to help. Give us a call at 262-358-9468 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.