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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it examines how effective your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into chilled air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electrical costs.

However, there are many different models on the market for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating usually is accompanied by a more expensive price tag. So, how can you determine which one is ideal for your residence?

At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 662-281-1231. Our skilled air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 13 SEER in the northernmost 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 ranking is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 662-281-1231 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly evolved in the past few years, with major advances in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning expenses, since 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, installing a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings are tied to 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 using electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification signifies the air conditioner matches EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll usually get the difference returned throughout the years through smaller air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and up, use about 8% less electricity than other new units, 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 operate at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your power costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute chilled air throughout your residence. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. are available to assist you. Give us a call at 662-281-1231 to request your free home comfort analysis now.

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