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What SEER Rating Should My Air Conditioner Be?

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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In summary, it measures how capable your air conditioner is at converting electricity into chilled air. A bigger number signifies your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your cooling expenses.

However, there are many different solutions to choose from for air conditioners. And a greater SEER rating often involves a more expensive price tag. So, how can you find out which one is best for your house?

At Woody's Sudden Service Inc, we give you a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can book one by contacting us at 703-278-2036. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you find the right air conditioner for your budget. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s review SEER ratings and how it can impact your home’s comfort. And your electrical expenses.

Does My Air Conditioner’s SEER Rating Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at baseline 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you don’t know when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER rating is, you can locate the sticker on the system outside your home. If you can’t locate the sticker, you can get in touch with us at 703-278-2036 for help.

If your air conditioner was replaced prior to that year, it’s likely much less efficient. Air conditioning technology has swiftly advanced in the past couple of years, with big progress in energy efficiency and smart home capacity. Using your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you save even more on electrical expenses, since the thermostat can automatically manage 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 an estimated 30–50% on annual electricity costs. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is It Wiser to Install a High SEER Rating?

An air conditioner with a better SEER rating will be more efficient at transforming electricity for cooling. The best efficient systems, which can go as big as 26 SEER, include ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation signifies the air conditioner meets EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll usually get the difference returned over the years through reduced utility bills. These air conditioners, which are usually rated 16 SEER and higher, consume about 8% less energy than other new units, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the largest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed capacity. A variable-speed air conditioner can run at a number of speeds. This improves comfort for your family while keeping your utility bills low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more consistent, since it can operate for longer without consuming a lot more power.

When installing a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll have to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner relies on this equipment’s blower to send chilled air throughout your house. Furnaces only work for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can enjoy all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re ready to replace your air conditioner, the cooling pros at Woody's Sudden Service Inc are ready to help. Call us at 703-278-2036 to set your free home comfort analysis now.

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