What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it looks at how efficient your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cold air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electric costs.

However, there are a lot of differing solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number often includes a higher cost. So, how do you know which one is best for your home?

At Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 715-318-6728. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your needs. 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 energy expenses.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

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 put in or what its SEER number is, you can check the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 715-318-6728 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly changed in the past couple of years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning costs, because the thermostat can intuitively adjust your temperature settings when you’re out.

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 bills. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is It Wiser to Get a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a better 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 endorsement shows the air conditioner meets EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll usually get the difference returned throughout the years through smaller electric expenses. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and up, use about 8% less power than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at a number of speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your utility costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can go for longer without needing a lot more electrity.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute cool air around your residence. Furnaces only last for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC are ready to help. Reach us at 715-318-6728 to book your free home comfort analysis today.