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How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Middle Georgia, you should also be investigating your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it gauges how capable your air conditioner is at changing electricity into chilled air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling bill.

However, there are many differing solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER number often involves a more expensive cost. So, how can you find out which one is right for your home?

At Air Concepts of Middle Georgia, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 478-200-5689. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can influence your family’s comfort. And your utility bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners must be at minimum 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the condenser outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 478-200-5689 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly changed in the past several years, with major advances in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on AC expenses, because the thermostat can seamlessly regulate 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 around 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The most efficient ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll usually get the difference repaid throughout the years through smaller utility expenses. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and higher, need about 8% less energy than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at a number of speeds. This refines comfort for your house while keeping your energy expenses reduced. 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 want to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner depends on this equipment’s blower to send cool air throughout your home. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Air Concepts of Middle Georgia are here to support you. Give us a call at 478-200-5689 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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