What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it examines how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A bigger number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric expenses.

However, there are lots of varying models on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER number typically is accompanied by a bigger cost. So, how can you determine which one is ideal for your house?

At American HVAC Inc, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 916-243-6714. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. 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 not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can look at the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 916-243-6714 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly advanced in the past couple of years, with huge advances in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on AC expenses, as 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, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Optimal?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency models, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This endorsement shows the air conditioner meets EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, 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 electricity than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your house while keeping your energy expenses reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can operate for longer without requiring a lot more electrity.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to disperse cold air around your residence. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at American HVAC Inc are ready to support you. Give us a call at 916-243-6714 to request your free home comfort analysis right away.