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What is a Good SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it gauges how productive your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cold air. A bigger number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electric expenses.

However, there are a lot of differing options to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number often includes a higher price. So, how can you find out which one is best for your home?

At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 209-257-3156. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can affect your home’s comfort. And your electrical 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 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 check the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 209-257-3156 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has swiftly advanced in the past couple of years, with huge progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility expenses, since the thermostat can intuitively manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your thermostat 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 ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation shows the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll normally get the difference repaid throughout the years through reduced electric expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and better, consume about 8% less electricity than other new models, 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 refines comfort for your house while keeping your energy expenses low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can go for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need 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 across your home. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning are here to help. Give us a call at 209-257-3156 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.

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