What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it looks at how efficient your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into cold air. A greater number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric costs.

However, there are a lot of varying solutions available for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating usually is accompanied by a more expensive price. So, how can you find out which one is right for your house?

At Paso Robles Heating and Air, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 805-203-8667. 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 impact your family’s comfort. And your electrical bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can give us a call at 805-203-8667 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in in advance of that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has swiftly evolved in the past few years, with huge advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on cooling costs, because the thermostat can automatically change 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 bills. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is a Higher SEER Number Optimal?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The best efficient ones, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® certification. This certification signifies the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll usually get the difference repaid throughout the years through reduced power bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less power than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This improves comfort for your house while keeping your energy bills reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to send cold air throughout your residence. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, 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 pros at Paso Robles Heating and Air are ready to help. Reach us at 805-203-8667 to book your free home comfort analysis now.