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How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into chilled air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy costs.

However, there are a lot of varying options on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER number frequently involves a bigger price tag. So, how do you know which one is right for your house?

At Freed Heating & Air Conditioning, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 309-323-9584. Our skilled 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.

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

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated at minimum 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can find the sticker on the condenser outside your home. If you can’t see the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 309-323-9584 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in before that date, it’s presumably much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly evolved in the past several years, with huge advancements in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on air conditioning costs, because the thermostat can intuitively manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual cooling costs. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your temperature 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 most efficient ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This certification signifies the air conditioner matches EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often pricier, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through smaller utility bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and greater, need about 8% less power than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your air conditioning expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more power.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to send cold air throughout your house. Furnaces only run for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning are here to support you. Call us at 309-323-9584 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.

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