If you’re thinking over air conditioner installation in Boynton Beach, you should also be looking at your new air conditioner’s SEER rating.
SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it examines how efficient your air conditioner is at turning electricity into cold air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electric bills.
However, there are lots of different solutions available for air conditioners. And a better SEER number typically involves a higher price. So, how can you determine which one is right for your home?
At A2Z Air Inc, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 561-270-6228. Our skilled air conditioner installers will work with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.
Right now, let’s go over SEER ratings and how they can influence your home’s comfort. And your utility expenses.
Does SEER Rating Really Matter?
In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the northernmost United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure 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 reach us at 561-270-6228 for assistance.
If your air conditioner was replaced before that year, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly evolved in the past few years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Pairing your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on utility expenses, because the thermostat can intuitively manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.
If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, getting a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual cooling expenses. Your savings are tied to 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 converting electricity for cooling. The best efficient models, which can go as high as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® endorsement. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.
While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically pricier, you’ll usually get the difference returned over time through lower air conditioning expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less electricity than other new systems, according to ENERGY STAR.
One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your family while keeping your electric bills reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can operate for longer without needing a lot more power.
When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner depends on this system’s blower to disperse chilled air across your residence. Furnaces only run for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the benefits of your variable-speed air conditioner.
When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at A2Z Air Inc are here to support you. Call us at 561-270-6228 to schedule your free home comfort analysis now.