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

SEER is short for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Simply put, it gauges how effective your air conditioner is at transforming electricity into cold air. A high number indicates your air conditioner is more efficient, which is great for your electrical bills.

However, there are a lot of differing solutions out there for air conditioners. And a higher SEER rating frequently is accompanied by a higher price. So, how can you find out which one is right for your house?

At Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc, we offer a free, no-pressure home comfort analysis. You can get one by contacting us at 662-281-1231. Our experienced air conditioner installers will partner with you to help you pick 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 they can affect your home’s comfort. And your energy bills.

Does SEER Rating Even Matter?

In 2016, the federal government developed new SEER guidelines. New air conditioners are required to be at minimum 13 SEER in the north 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 ranking is, you can look at the sticker on the unit outside your residence. If you can’t find the sticker, you can reach us at 662-281-1231 for support.

If your air conditioner was replaced before that date, it’s presumably much less efficient. Air conditioner technology has quickly changed in the past couple of years, with big breakthroughs in energy efficiency and smart home capability. Connecting your new air conditioner with a smart thermostat could help you spend less on air conditioning expenses, since the thermostat can seamlessly change your temperature settings when you’re out.

If your current air conditioner has a SEER rating between 8 and 10, installing a 14-SEER system could save you an estimated 30–50% on annual electrical expenses. Your savings relate to your air conditioner size and your temp settings.

Is the highest SEER Rating the Best?

An air conditioner with a greater SEER rating will be more efficient at using electricity for cooling. The highest efficiency models, which can go as big as 26 SEER, have ENERGY STAR® designation. This endorsement signifies the air conditioner has achieved EPA guidelines for energy savings and environmental conservation.

While ENERGY STAR air conditioners are typically more costly, you’ll normally get the difference repaid over time through reduced cooling costs. These air conditioners, which are generally rated 16 SEER and up, use about 8% less electricity 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 cool at varying speeds. This refines comfort for your home while keeping your electrical expenses down. It can also keep temperatures and humidity more even, since it can run for longer without requiring a lot more electricity.

When adding a variable-speed air conditioner, you’ll need to check that your furnace or air handler is compatible. This is since your air conditioner uses this equipment’s blower to disperse chilled air around your house. Furnaces only run for about 20 years, so if yours is getting old, 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 pros at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc are here to assist you. Call us at 662-281-1231 to book your free home comfort analysis now.