What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

August 20, 2020

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 summary, it gauges how productive your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cooled air. A greater number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric expenses.

However, there are many different options on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number often is accompanied by a higher price. So, how can you determine which one is right for your house?

At WM J Kraus & Son, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 319-229-2318. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your family’s comfort. And your utility costs.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 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 ranking is, you can find 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 installed before that time, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with huge advances in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on air conditioning expenses, since the thermostat can seamlessly adjust your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is a Higher SEER Ranking Optimal?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently pricier, you’ll usually get the difference returned over time through smaller air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less power than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This refines comfort for your family while keeping your air conditioning costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more power.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to disperse cool air across your residence. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at WM J Kraus & Son are ready to support you. Give us a call at 319-229-2318 to set your free home comfort analysis today.