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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it looks at how productive your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical expenses.

However, there are lots of different models on the market for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number frequently involves a bigger price. So, how can you find out which one is ideal for your residence?

At M & S Heating & Air LLC, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 301-363-4699. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can influence your family’s comfort. And your electrical bills.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners must be 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 put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can reach us at 301-363-4699 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed before that year, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly evolved in the past few years, with major progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electrical costs, because the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual electrical costs. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through smaller air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and greater, need about 8% less electricity than other new systems, 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 work at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your power expenses low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more energy.

When installing 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 depends on this system’s blower to distribute chilled air across your home. 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 get all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at M & S Heating & Air LLC are ready to help. Give us a call at 301-363-4699 to set your free home comfort analysis today.

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