What is an Acceptable SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

August 20, 2020

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it gauges how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your electrical expenses.

However, there are a lot of different models to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating usually includes a more expensive price. So, how can you find out which one is right for your home?

At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 503-374-1934. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner put in or what its SEER ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the system outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 503-374-1934 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that date, it’s probably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly changed in the past several years, with major breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on electrical costs, since the thermostat can intuitively manage your temperature settings when you’re away.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings are tied to 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 highest efficiency models, which can go as high as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more expensive, you’ll normally get the difference back throughout the years through lower cooling expenses. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and better, use about 8% less energy than other new units, 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 operate at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your residence while keeping your utility costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more electrity.

When getting a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute cool air around your home. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise 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 professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. are available to assist you. Reach us at 503-374-1934 to request your free home comfort analysis now.