What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Newark, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it looks at how effective your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cold air. A bigger number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling costs.

However, there are many differing solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number typically is accompanied by a bigger price tag. So, how can you determine which one is right for your home?

At Luikart Heating & Cooling, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 740-200-5591. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at least 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 replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 740-200-5591 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in in advance of that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly evolved in the past few years, with huge progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility bills, as the thermostat can automatically adjust your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is It Smarter to Buy a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The best efficient ones, which can go as high as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation signifies the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference returned over time through lower power costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and up, consume about 8% less power 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 fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your energy bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more electrity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this equipment’s blower to disperse chilled air around your home. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Luikart Heating & Cooling are here to help. Reach us at 740-200-5591 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.