What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it gauges how efficient your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical costs.

However, there are many different solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking usually is accompanied by a higher price tag. So, how can you determine which one is right for your home?

At Tri County Climate Control LLC, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 541-238-2797. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can influence your loved ones’ comfort. And your utility expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can reach us at 541-238-2797 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced prior to that year, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly advanced in the past several years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on air conditioning costs, as 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 close to 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation shows the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll generally get the difference repaid throughout the years through smaller air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and better, use about 8% less electricity than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at a number of speeds. This refines comfort for your loved ones while keeping your electric bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can operate for longer without requiring a lot more electrity.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to send cool air around your house. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Tri County Climate Control LLC are ready to support you. Give us a call at 541-238-2797 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.