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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it gauges how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling bill.

However, there are lots of different options out there for air conditioners. And a better SEER number often is accompanied by a bigger price. So, how do you know which one is best for your house?

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 847-306-8990. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your home’s comfort. And your utility bills.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the northern 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 unit outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 847-306-8990 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly evolved in the past several years, with huge advancements in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on electrical costs, as the thermostat can intuitively change your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Better to Buy a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The most efficient ones, which can go as high as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® certification. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more expensive, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over the years through reduced electrical expenses. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less electricity than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your house while keeping your electric costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to send cool air across your home. Furnaces only last for around 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air are available to help. Reach us at 847-306-8990 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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