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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

If you’re needing air conditioner installation in Tuscaloosa, you should also be considering your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.

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

However, there are many different models available for air conditioners. And a higher SEER ranking often is accompanied by a bigger price. So, how can you determine which one is best for your residence?

At KDM Service Corporation, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 205-208-8090. Our experienced air conditioner installers will collaborate 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 go over SEER ratings and how it can affect your home’s comfort. And your utility expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your house. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 205-208-8090 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced in advance of that year, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has quickly advanced in the past few years, with major advances 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 intuitively regulate your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your current 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 are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temp 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, include ENERGY STAR® certification. This certification means the air conditioner matches EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more expensive, you’ll normally get the difference back over time through lower electrical expenses. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and up, use 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 technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at different speeds. This refines comfort for your loved ones while keeping your air conditioning bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner depends on this unit’s blower to distribute cold air throughout your house. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at KDM Service Corporation are available to help. Give us a call at 205-208-8090 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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