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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it looks at how efficient your air conditioner is at changing electricity into cooled air. A bigger number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is excellent for your energy bill.

However, there are many differing solutions to choose from for air conditioners. And a better SEER number frequently is accompanied by a more expensive cost. So, how do you know which one is ideal for your residence?

At Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can schedule one by contacting us at 918-682-8238. Our experienced air conditioner installers will work with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

Right now, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your loved ones’ comfort. And your electric bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER criteria. New air conditioners must be 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 ranking is, you can find the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can give us a call at 918-682-8238 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was replaced in advance of that date, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly evolved in the past several years, with major breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on cooling bills, since the thermostat can intuitively change your temperature settings when you’re gone.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you close to 30–50% on annual cooling bills. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your thermostat 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 best efficient models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This designation shows the air conditioner meets EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more expensive, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over the years through reduced air conditioning costs. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and greater, use about 8% less energy than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the greatest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can work at different speeds. This refines comfort for your residence while keeping your air conditioning costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can work for longer without needing a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to send cool air around your house. Furnaces only last for approximately 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. are here to assist you. Give us a call at 918-682-8238 to set your free home comfort analysis right away.

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