What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it measures how capable your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy bill.

However, there are a lot of varying options available for air conditioners. And a better SEER number often involves a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is right for your house?

At Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 805-242-9638. Our experienced air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can influence your family’s comfort. And your utility bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created 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 not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can locate the sticker on the system outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 805-242-9638 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in before that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has swiftly evolved in the past several years, with huge breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on electric bills, as the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

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 air conditioning costs. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Better to Install a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The best efficient models, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification shows the air conditioner has achieved EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll usually get the difference back throughout the years through cheaper electrical costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and greater, need about 8% less energy than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This improves comfort for your home while keeping your electric costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without requiring a lot more electrity.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to distribute cold air across your home. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend 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 specialists at Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning are here to help. Reach us at 805-242-9638 to book your free home comfort analysis right away.