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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy costs.

However, there are lots of varying options out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER number frequently is accompanied by a higher price. So, how can you find out which one is best for your home?

At Northern Comfort Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 507-307-4818. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can impact your home’s comfort. And your electric costs.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the north 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 rating is, you can check the sticker on the system outside your home. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 507-307-4818 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly changed in the past few years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on utility costs, 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, adding a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual cooling bills. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

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

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more expensive, you’ll usually get the difference returned over time through reduced air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and higher, need 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 capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at different speeds. This improves comfort for your loved ones while keeping your power costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can go for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to distribute cool air throughout your home. Furnaces only last for around 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Northern Comfort Inc are ready to help. Give us a call at 507-307-4818 to book your free home comfort analysis today.

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