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What is an Adequate SEER Rating for an Air Conditioner?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it looks at how effective your air conditioner is at turning electricity into chilled air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy expenses.

However, there are many different solutions on the market for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating often involves a bigger cost. So, how do you know which one is right for your house?

At Mustang Mechanical, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can request one by contacting us at 972-445-9504. Our skilled air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you pick the right air conditioner for your home. Plus, they’ll also give you a free, no-obligation estimate.

In the meantime, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how it can impact your family’s comfort. And your electric bills.

How Does SEER Rating Impact My Air Conditioner?

In 2016, the federal government created new SEER rules. New air conditioners are mandated at baseline 13 SEER in the north United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re not sure when you had your air conditioner replaced or what its SEER number is, you can locate the sticker on the condenser outside your home. If you can’t find the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 972-445-9504 for help.

If your air conditioner was installed before that time, it’s likely much less efficient. Cooling technology has quickly advanced in the past several years, with big advancements in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you conserve more on cooling expenses, as the thermostat can seamlessly 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 electrical costs. Your savings are contingent upon your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is It Smarter to Buy a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, carry ENERGY STAR® certification. This certification signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA rules for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently more costly, you’ll normally get the difference back throughout the years through reduced electrical costs. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and greater, consume about 8% less energy than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can operate at different speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your utility costs down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more balanced, since it can work for longer without consuming a lot more energy.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to ensure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is because your air conditioner uses this system’s blower to distribute cold air across your home. Furnaces only last for about 20 years, so if yours is around that mark, we recommend furnace installation at the same time so you can receive all the perks of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re set to replace your air conditioner, the cooling professionals at Mustang Mechanical are available to support you. Call us at 972-445-9504 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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