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How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it looks at how productive your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A greater number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical costs.

However, there are a lot of different models on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking frequently involves a bigger cost. So, how can you determine which one is right for your residence?

At WM J Kraus & Son, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 319-229-2318. Our experienced air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your needs. 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 electric expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can check the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 319-229-2318 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with huge advances in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric costs, because the thermostat can automatically 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temp 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 highest efficiency models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll generally get the difference back over the years through smaller electric costs. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and higher, consume about 8% less power than other new models, 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 work at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your home while keeping your energy bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without needing a lot more power.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to send cold air around your house. Furnaces only run for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at WM J Kraus & Son are available to assist you. Call us at 319-229-2318 to book your free home comfort analysis today.

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