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What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it examines how capable your air conditioner is at converting electricity into chilled air. A greater number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric costs.

However, there are many varying models to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER ranking typically is accompanied by a bigger price tag. So, how can you determine which one is best for your house?

At Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 907-202-9798. Our skilled air conditioner installers will partner 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 review SEER ratings and how it can affect your home’s comfort. And your electrical expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the north 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 system outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 907-202-9798 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in before that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly advanced in the past couple of years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on air conditioning costs, since the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Wiser to Invest in a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification means the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more expensive, you’ll usually get the difference back throughout the years through reduced cooling bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and greater, need about 8% less power than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at different speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your electric expenses low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can operate for longer without needing a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to disperse cold air around your home. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services are ready to assist you. Call us at 907-202-9798 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.