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What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it gauges how productive your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooled air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical costs.

However, there are many differing models to choose from for air conditioners. And a better SEER ranking often includes a bigger cost. So, how can you find out which one is ideal for your house?

At Cool Air Solutions, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 951-299-9853. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner 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 home’s comfort. And your utility expenses.

How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the north 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 condenser outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 951-299-9853 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has swiftly advanced in the past couple of years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on electrical costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly adjust your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual cooling expenses. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Better?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The most efficient systems, which can go as high as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® certification. This certification means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through lower power costs. 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 biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at different speeds. This improves comfort for your residence while keeping your utility costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without needing a lot more power.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to distribute cold air around your home. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Cool Air Solutions are ready to support you. Call us at 951-299-9853 to request your free home comfort analysis today.

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