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What Should My Air Conditioners SEER Rating Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it examines how productive your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cold air. A high number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your cooling bill.

However, there are many varying options to choose from for air conditioners. And a greater SEER ranking often includes a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is right for your residence?

At Air-Right Energy Design, Inc., we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 703-260-1148. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will work with you to help you pick 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 affect your family’s comfort. And your electrical expenses.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are mandated at least 13 SEER in the north 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 find the sticker on the unit outside your house. If you can’t find the sticker, you can reach us at 703-260-1148 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed prior to that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has rapidly changed in the past few years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on electric costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly change your temperature settings when you’re out.

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 expenses. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your thermostat settings.

Is It Smarter to Invest in a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The most efficient systems, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll generally get the difference repaid over the years through reduced utility bills. These air conditioners, which are frequently rated 16 SEER and greater, use 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 work at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your family while keeping your energy costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more energy.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner uses this unit’s blower to disperse cool air across your residence. 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 advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. are here to assist you. Reach us at 703-260-1148 to set your free home comfort analysis today.

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