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

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. In a nutshell, it measures how efficient your air conditioner is at converting electricity into chilled air. A greater number means your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your energy bills.

However, there are lots of varying models to choose from for air conditioners. And a better SEER rating typically involves a bigger price tag. So, how can you find out which one is best for your residence?

At Total Assurance AC & Heating, we provide a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 361-217-7080. Our knowledgeable air conditioner installers will collaborate with you to help you choose the right air conditioner for your family. Plus, they’ll also provide you with a free, no-obligation estimate.

For the time being, let’s discuss SEER ratings and how they can influence your family’s comfort. And your electrical bills.

Why Do the SEER Ratings Even Matter?

In 2016, the federal government made new SEER rules. New air conditioners must be at least 13 SEER in the northern United States and 14 SEER in the southeast and southwest. If you’re unsure when you had your air conditioner installed or what its SEER number is, you can find the sticker on the system outside your house. If you can’t see the sticker, you can reach us at 361-217-7080 for help.

If your air conditioner was put in before that time, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has rapidly evolved in the past several years, with huge developments in energy efficiency and smart home compatibility. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on electrical costs, because the thermostat can seamlessly regulate 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 around 30–50% on annual air conditioning costs. Your savings are tied to your air conditioner size and your temperature settings.

Is the Higher the SEER the Better?

An air conditioner with a higher SEER rating will be more efficient at converting electricity for cooling. The best efficient ones, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This designation means the air conditioner has achieved EPA requirements for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are frequently pricier, you’ll usually get the difference repaid over time through smaller utility bills. These air conditioners, which are typically rated 16 SEER and up, need about 8% less energy than other new models, according to ENERGY STAR.

One of the biggest differences between a 14 SEER and 16 SEER is variable-speed technology. A variable-speed air conditioner can cool at varying speeds. This fine-tunes comfort for your loved ones while keeping your cooling costs low. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can go for longer without needing a lot more power.

When buying a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll want to make sure that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is due to the fact your air conditioner depends on this equipment’s blower to send chilled air throughout your house. Furnaces only work for approximately 20 years, so if yours is around that age, we advise getting furnace installation at the same time so you can get all the advantages of your variable-speed air conditioner.

When you’re prepared to replace your air conditioner, the cooling specialists at Total Assurance AC & Heating are available to assist you. Call us at 361-217-7080 to request your free home comfort analysis now.