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How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Basically, it looks at how efficient your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A bigger number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your cooling costs.

However, there are many different options on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER number typically includes a bigger price tag. So, how do you know which one is right for your home?

At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 224-412-8308. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your needs. 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 impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your electrical expenses.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER rating is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can give us a call at 224-412-8308 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that year, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has rapidly evolved in the past couple of years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on air conditioning expenses, because the thermostat can intuitively adjust 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 close to 30–50% on annual cooling bills. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is It Wiser to Invest in a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The most efficient ones, which can go as high as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll generally get the difference returned over the years through cheaper power expenses. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and better, consume about 8% less power than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your family while keeping your cooling bills down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can operate for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to disperse chilled air around your house. Furnaces only last for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we suggest getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc are here to support you. Give us a call at 224-412-8308 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.

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