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

SEER means Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it measures how effective your air conditioner is at converting electricity into cooled air. A bigger number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is good for your electrical bills.

However, there are lots of different models available for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating frequently involves a more expensive price. So, how do you know which one is best for your house?

At B & G HVAC, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 641-316-3360. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find 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 electrical bills.

Does SEER Rating Really Matter?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER guidelines. 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 unsure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER ranking is, you can find the sticker on the system outside your residence. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 641-316-3360 for assistance.

If your air conditioner was put in prior to that year, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has quickly advanced in the past few years, with big developments in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on electrical expenses, as the thermostat can automatically manage your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your existing air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, adding a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual air conditioning bills. Your savings are tied 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 most efficient systems, which can go as great as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® designation. This certification signifies 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 repaid over time through smaller air conditioning costs. These air conditioners, which are typically 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 capability. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your house while keeping your cooling costs reduced. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can go for longer without consuming a lot more electricity.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner relies on this unit’s blower to send cool air throughout your residence. Furnaces only work for around 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise 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 specialists at B & G HVAC are available to support you. Give us a call at 641-316-3360 to book your free home comfort analysis now.