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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it examines how efficient your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your energy bill.

However, there are a lot of varying solutions to choose from for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating typically involves a higher price tag. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your residence?

At Faust Air Conditioning and Heating, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 979-323-6130. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your home’s comfort. And your energy bills.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners must be at minimum 13 SEER in the northern 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 number is, you can locate the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 979-323-6130 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly changed in the past couple of years, with major breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning expenses, because the thermostat can seamlessly change 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 close to 30–50% on annual air conditioning expenses. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Optimal?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The most efficient ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification signifies 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 repaid over time through cheaper electric bills. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less power than other new systems, 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 cool at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your home while keeping your energy expenses low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can operate for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses 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 advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating are available to help. Give us a call at 979-323-6130 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.

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