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What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cooled air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electric expenses.

However, there are a lot of differing solutions to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating typically involves a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is best for your home?

At Abilene Air-Tech Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 325-200-4667. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can impact your home’s comfort. And your electric bills.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. 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 don’t know when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can locate the sticker on the condenser outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can give us a call at 325-200-4667 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly evolved in the past couple of years, with major advances in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on AC costs, because the thermostat can automatically change your temperature settings when you’re out.

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

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll usually get the difference repaid throughout the years through reduced electrical bills. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and greater, need 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 run at different speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your air conditioning bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can go for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When getting 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 equipment’s blower to send chilled air across your home. Furnaces only run for about 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Abilene Air-Tech Inc are available to support you. Give us a call at 325-200-4667 to book your free home comfort analysis now.

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