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What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Florissant, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy bill.

However, there are many varying options out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking frequently is accompanied by a higher price tag. So, how can you determine which one is right for your residence?

At B & B Heating & Cooling, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 314-325-7552. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work 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 impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy costs.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER ranking is, you can check the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 314-325-7552 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly changed in the past few years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric bills, because the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

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 utility expenses. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Smarter to Buy a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency models, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation signifies the air conditioner matches EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through cheaper cooling bills. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and better, use about 8% less electricity than other new units, 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 improves comfort for your house while keeping your energy bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can operate for longer without consuming a lot more electricity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to disperse cool air throughout your house. Furnaces only run for around 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at B & B Heating & Cooling are ready to support you. Give us a call at 314-325-7552 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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