How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it looks at how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical expenses.

However, there are a lot of varying options on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating often involves a bigger price. So, how can you find out which one is best for your residence?

At Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 724-370-0141. Our experienced air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your loved ones’ comfort. And your electric expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 724-370-0141 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed before that year, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has swiftly advanced in the past couple of years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric expenses, because the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual utility bills. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Better?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll normally get the difference returned throughout the years through lower utility costs. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, use about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest 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 residence while keeping your cooling expenses reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to disperse chilled air across your residence. Furnaces only run for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing are here to help. Reach us at 724-370-0141 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.