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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In short, it looks at how capable your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into chilled air. A high number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your cooling costs.

However, there are many varying models on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating usually involves a bigger cost. So, how can you find out which one is best for your residence?

At Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 631-460-5159. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how they can influence your loved ones’ comfort. And your energy expenses.

What Does the SEER Rating Even Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 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 number is, you can look at the sticker on the system outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 631-460-5159 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has swiftly evolved in the past couple of years, with major advancements in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on cooling expenses, as the thermostat can intuitively manage your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you around 30–50% on annual cooling bills. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temperature 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 most efficient systems, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation signifies the air conditioner meets 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 time through lower electric expenses. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and better, consume about 8% less electricity than other new units, 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 work at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your home while keeping your electrical bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can work for longer without consuming 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 relies on this unit’s blower to send cold air around your home. Furnaces only run for around 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 ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Fal-Ken Heating & Cooling Corporation are available to help. Reach us at 631-460-5159 to book your free home comfort analysis today.