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How Does SEER Rating Influence My Air Conditioner?

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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it examines how effective your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy expenses.

However, there are many varying solutions available for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking often involves a bigger cost. So, how can you determine which one is right for your house?

At Kapaun & Brown Inc., we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 641-812-2028. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you locate the right air conditioner for your needs. Plus, they’ll also offer you a free, no-obligation estimate.

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

How Does SEER Rating Affect My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated at least 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner put in 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 641-812-2028 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed before that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly advanced in the past couple of years, with major advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your present air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. 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 consuming electricity for cooling. The most efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation means the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are often more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference back over time through smaller electric expenses. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less electricity than other new systems, 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 cool at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your utility expenses reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can work for longer without consuming a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this equipment’s blower to disperse cool air throughout your house. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we advise getting 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 professionals at Kapaun & Brown Inc. are here to support you. Give us a call at 641-812-2028 to set your free home comfort analysis today.

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