What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

August 20, 2020

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Long Beach, you should also be looking at your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into chilled air. A bigger number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy expenses.

However, there are many varying options out there for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating often includes a bigger cost. So, how can you determine which one is right for your home?

At YES R&M Inc., we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 562-286-6624. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. 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 unsure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER rating is, you can check the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can give us a call at 562-286-6624 for support.

If your air conditioner was installed before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly changed in the past several years, with major advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on cooling bills, because the thermostat can automatically change 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 close to 30–50% on annual utility costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Wiser to Invest in a High SEER Rating?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll normally get the difference returned over the years through lower electrical costs. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less energy than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at a number of speeds. This improves comfort for your loved ones while keeping your electrical bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can run for longer without needing a lot more electrity.

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 system’s blower to distribute cold air around your home. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at YES R&M Inc. are available to assist you. Give us a call at 562-286-6624 to book your free home comfort analysis right away.