How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it looks at how capable your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cooled air. A greater number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy bill.

However, there are a lot of differing options on the market for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number typically includes a higher price tag. So, how can you determine which one is right for your residence?

At Watts Electric & A/C Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 601-736-7362. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can affect your loved ones’ comfort. And your electrical costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at least 13 SEER in the northern 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 number is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 601-736-7362 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced in advance of that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly changed in the past several years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electric expenses, because the thermostat can automatically adjust your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual cooling expenses. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification means the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently pricier, you’ll generally get the difference back over the years through reduced utility expenses. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less power 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 cool at different speeds. This refines comfort for your house while keeping your power bills reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute chilled air around your residence. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Watts Electric & A/C Inc are available to help. Give us a call at 601-736-7362 to set your free home comfort analysis now.