What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it gauges how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A greater number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical bill.

However, there are a lot of different options available for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating frequently includes a bigger price. So, how do you know which one is best for your house?

At Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 314-262-4541. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how it can influence your loved ones’ comfort. And your utility costs.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER rating is, you can look at the sticker on the condenser outside your residence. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 314-262-4541 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was installed before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has swiftly evolved in the past few years, with major progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on cooling expenses, as the thermostat can intuitively change your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual cooling bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency ones, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation shows the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference repaid over time through reduced air conditioning bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and better, need about 8% less energy 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 different speeds. This improves comfort for your family while keeping your utility expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can work for longer without consuming a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to distribute cold air around your house. Furnaces only run 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating are here to help. Reach us at 314-262-4541 to schedule your free home comfort analysis right away.