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What is an Acceptable SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it gauges how effective your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into cold air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy expenses.

However, there are a lot of different models to choose from for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number often involves a higher price tag. So, how can you find out which one is ideal for your residence?

At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 513-268-5164. Our skilled air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your family’s comfort. And your energy costs.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated 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 put in or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the system outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 513-268-5164 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in before that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly evolved in the past couple of years, with major developments in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on AC bills, because the thermostat can seamlessly regulate 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The most efficient models, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This endorsement means the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll generally get the difference repaid over the years through cheaper utility costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and up, consume about 8% less power 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 work at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your family while keeping your cooling bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to distribute chilled air throughout your house. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC are here to assist you. Call us at 513-268-5164 to book your free home comfort analysis right away.

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