What is an Acceptable SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it looks at how efficient your air conditioner is at changing electricity into chilled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling costs.

However, there are many differing models on the market for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number often involves a more expensive price. So, how can you determine which one is right for your residence?

At J & J Air Conditioning, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 254-355-3833. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can impact your family’s comfort. And your utility expenses.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. 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 not sure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the condenser outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 254-355-3833 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly evolved in the past few years, with huge breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electrical expenses, as the thermostat can seamlessly 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity expenses. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll usually get the difference returned throughout the years through smaller utility expenses. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and better, consume 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 different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your family while keeping your cooling costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can go for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute cold air around your residence. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at J & J Air Conditioning are here to assist you. Reach us at 254-355-3833 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.