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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

If you’re thinking over air conditioner installation in Denton, 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 turning electricity into cold air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical bill.

However, there are a lot of differing models out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating frequently includes a higher cost. So, how do you know which one is best for your house?

At Oak Point Heating and Air LLC, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 940-202-1202. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s discuss 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 criteria. New air conditioners must be at baseline 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 replaced or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 940-202-1202 for support.

If your air conditioner was put in before that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly changed in the past couple of years, with major progress in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on electric expenses, because the thermostat can automatically adjust your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation shows the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll usually get the difference returned over time through cheaper utility costs. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and higher, need about 8% less power than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at a number of speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your energy bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can work for longer without requiring a lot more power.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this equipment’s blower to distribute cold air around your residence. Furnaces only work for approximately 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 pros at Oak Point Heating and Air LLC are available to help. Reach us at 940-202-1202 to book your free home comfort analysis right away.

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