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How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it measures how productive your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cold air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical bill.

However, there are a lot of varying models out there for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating frequently is accompanied by a bigger cost. So, how can you determine which one is right for your residence?

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

In the meantime, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can influence your family’s comfort. And your electrical costs.

How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at least 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can locate the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 314-262-4541 for support.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly advanced in the past several years, with big advances in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on AC expenses, because the thermostat can automatically regulate your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual cooling costs. Your savings depend on your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is a Higher SEER Ranking Ideal?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at consuming electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more costly, you’ll usually get the difference back over time through smaller power bills. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and up, use about 8% less power than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your air conditioning costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without needing a lot more power.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to disperse cool air across your home. Furnaces only last for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating are here to support you. Call us at 314-262-4541 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.

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