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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it looks at how productive your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A greater number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical bill.

However, there are many different options on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER ranking usually involves a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your house?

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 432-237-0168. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your home’s comfort. And your utility expenses.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 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 installed or what its SEER number is, you can look at the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 432-237-0168 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that date, it’s presumably much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly evolved in the past several years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on electric bills, because the thermostat can intuitively change your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is It Smarter to Get a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency ones, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement shows the air conditioner has achieved EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference repaid over time through smaller air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and higher, 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 technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at a number of speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your family while keeping your power bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more electricity.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this system’s blower to send cold air around your home. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning are here to support you. Reach us at 432-237-0168 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.

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