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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

If you’re thinking over air conditioner installation in Tucker, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how efficient your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cooled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical expenses.

However, there are lots of different options out there for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number usually involves a bigger price. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your house?

At ACS Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 770-450-1539. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also provide you with 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 electric costs.

How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 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 installed or what its SEER number 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 770-450-1539 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on cooling bills, as the thermostat can seamlessly regulate 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Smarter to Buy a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation signifies the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll generally get the difference repaid throughout the years through reduced electrical costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and higher, consume about 8% less energy 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 home while keeping your cooling bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more energy.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to send cold air across your residence. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, 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 ACS Heating and Air Conditioning are available to help. Give us a call at 770-450-1539 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.

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