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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into cooled air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your energy expenses.

However, there are many different options to choose from for air conditioners. And a higher SEER number usually includes a bigger cost. So, how do you know which one is best for your residence?

At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 573-635-3547. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how they can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your utility bills.

Why Do the SEER Ratings Even Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to 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 put in or what its SEER rating is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 573-635-3547 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that date, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has swiftly changed in the past couple of years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on utility costs, as the thermostat can seamlessly change your temperature settings when you’re away.

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 air conditioning bills. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is a Higher SEER Rating Always Better?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency ones, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation shows the air conditioner meets EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more expensive, you’ll generally get the difference returned over time through reduced electric expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and better, use about 8% less electricity than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at a number of speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your residence while keeping your cooling bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can go for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this system’s blower to disperse cool air across your house. Furnaces only last for about 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 prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Stieferman Heating Company Inc are available to help. Call us at 573-635-3547 to schedule your free home comfort analysis today.