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What is an Acceptable SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it measures how efficient your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into chilled air. A bigger number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your energy bill.

However, there are many varying options available for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number typically is accompanied by a more expensive price tag. So, how can you find out which one is best for your home?

At Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 800-COOLING. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at minimum 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 800-COOLING for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s probably much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly advanced in the past few years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on cooling expenses, as the thermostat can automatically manage 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is a Higher SEER Ranking Optimal?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll normally get the difference returned over the years through lower cooling costs. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and up, consume about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your utility expenses low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to disperse cold air across your home. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help. Call us at 800-COOLING to request your free home comfort analysis now.

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